ORLANDO, Florida -- Tsunami and earthquake-ravaged Japan has won the Women's World Cup, stunning the United States 3-1 in a penalty shootout Sunday night after coming from behind twice in a 2-2 tie.

Japanese Women Take World Cup Title


ORLANDO, Florida — Tsunami and earthquake-ravaged Japan has won the Women's World Cup, stunning the United States 3-1 in a penalty shootout Sunday night after coming from behind twice in a 2-2 tie.

The Americans had their chances but Shannon Boxx, Carli Lloyd and Tobin Heath all missed penalty kicks for the Americans, who squandered several chances throughout the game and blew their lead just six minutes away from winning a third World Cup title.

"It's obviously heartbreaking," American player, Abby Wambach, said. "Japan played well. They never gave up."

Japan became the first country in Asia to win the World Cup. Perhaps more spectacular is the fact that it is the first time that Japanese women have defeated the U.S. in 26 tries.


 


 

Photos courtesy of MSNBC

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