Japan defeated the U.S. women's national soccer team Sunday to win the sixth Women's World Cup.
Japan won a penalty shootout 3-1 after the game in Frankfurt finished 2-2. Japan's Homare Sawa scored an equalizer in the 117th minute to send the game to penalties. The goal was Sawa's fifth in the tournament, making her overall top scorer.
The win is Japan's first world title. The U.S. won the Women's World Cup in 1991 and 1999.
Coming into this game, the U.S. and Japan had met 25 times, with the U.S. holding an overwhelming 22-0-3 record, including three wins earlier this year by an aggregate score of 6-1.
While Japan has been considered a quality team, they had never posed much of a threat in the World Cup. Coming into the tournament, the Japanese had won just three times in 16 previous matches in the tournament, making the quarterfinals just once.
The team struggled against New Zealand and then lost to England in group play before coming alive in the quarterfinals with a stunning upset of world favorite Germany.
2011-07-18 13:47 编辑：典典
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