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Japan players celebrate with the trophy following the final match between Japan and the United States at the Women�s Soccer World Cup in Frankfurt, Germany. (July 17, 2011)

WWC final: Japan 2, U.S. 2 (3-1 PKs)

Japan defeated the United States 3-1 in penalty kicks to win its first World Cup title.

United States' Abby Wambach walks on the pitch
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United States' Abby Wambach walks on the pitch after the US lost the final match between Japan and the United States at the Women's World Cup. (July 17, 2011)

United States players pose for a photo after
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United States players pose for a photo after their team lost the final match between Japan and the United States at the Women's World Cup. (July 17, 2011)

United States players stand on the pitch after
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United States players stand on the pitch after their team lost the final match between Japan and the United States at the Women's World Cup. (July 17, 2011)

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Japanese players celebrate with the trophy after winning
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Japanese players celebrate with the trophy after winning the final match between Japan and the United States at the Women's World Cup. (July 17, 2011)

United States players stand on the pitch after
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United States players stand on the pitch after their team lost the final match between Japan and the United States at the Women's World Cup. (July 17, 2011)

Japan's Homare Sawa, left, United States' Abby Wambach,
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Japan's Homare Sawa, left, United States' Abby Wambach, and United States goalkeeper Hope Solo, right, hold their personal awards following the final match between Japan and the United States at the Women's World Cup. (July 17, 2011)

United States' Heather O'Reilly reacts after losing on
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United States' Heather O'Reilly reacts after losing on penalties at the final match between Japan and the United States at the Women's World Cup. (July 17, 2011)

Japan's Homare Sawa, right, celebrates with Japan's Saki
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Japan's Homare Sawa, right, celebrates with Japan's Saki Kumagai scoring her side's second goal during the final match between Japan and the United States at the Women's World Cup. (July 17, 2011)

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Japan's Homare Sawa lifts the trophy following the
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Japan's Homare Sawa lifts the trophy following the final match between Japan and the United States at the Women's World Cup. (July 17, 2011)

Japan players celebrate with the trophy after winning
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Japan players celebrate with the trophy after winning the final match between Japan and the United States at the Women's World Cup. (July 17, 2011)

Japan players celebrate with the trophy following the
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Japan players celebrate with the trophy following the final match between Japan and the United States at the Women�s Soccer World Cup in Frankfurt, Germany. (July 17, 2011)

United States' Becky Sauerbrunn,' Heather O Reilly, and
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United States' Becky Sauerbrunn,' Heather O Reilly, and Christie Rampone react following the final match between Japan and the United States at the Women�s Soccer World Cup in Frankfurt, Germany. (July 17, 2011)

Japan's Homare Sawa lifts the trophy following the
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Japan's Homare Sawa lifts the trophy following the final match between Japan and the United States at the Women�s Soccer World Cup in Frankfurt, Germany. (July 17, 2011)

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Japan goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori saves a shot by
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Japan goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori saves a shot by United States' Tobin Heath during a penalty shootout during the final match between Japan and the United States at the Women�s Soccer World Cup in Frankfurt, Germany. (July 17, 2011)

United States goalkeeper Hope Solo, back, fails to
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United States goalkeeper Hope Solo, back, fails to save a shot by Japan's Aya Miyama , bottom center, during the final match between Japan and the United States at the Women's Soccer World Cup in Frankfurt, Germany. (July 17, 2011)

Japan's Aya Miyama scores her team's first goal
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Japan's Aya Miyama scores her team's first goal as United States' Alex Krieger looks on during the final match between Japan and the United States at the Women's Soccer World Cup in Frankfurt, Germany. (July 17, 2011)

Japan's Aya Miyama , center on the pitch,
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Japan's Aya Miyama , center on the pitch, scores her side's first goal past United States goalkeeper Hope Solo, left, during the final match between Japan and the United States at the Women's Soccer World Cup in Frankfurt, Germany. (July 17, 2011)

Alex Morgan (R) of USA celebrates after she
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Alex Morgan (R) of USA celebrates after she scores her team's opening goal during the FIFA Women's World Cup Final match. July 17, 2011)

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Alex Morgan of USA (hidden) celebrates the first
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Alex Morgan of USA (hidden) celebrates the first goal with her team during the FIFA Women's World Cup Final match. (July 17, 2011)

Alex Morgan of USA (L) scores the firstb
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Alex Morgan of USA (L) scores the firstb goal against Saki Kumagai of Japan (2nd L), Azusa Iwashimizu of Japan (3rd L) and Ayumi Kaihori of Japan (R) during the FIFA Women's World Cup Final match. (July 17, 2011)

Alex Morgan (R) of USA celebrates after she
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Alex Morgan (R) of USA celebrates after she scores her team's opening goal during the FIFA Women's World Cup Final match. (July 17, 2011)

United States' Heather O'Reilly, back, and Japan's Aya
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United States' Heather O'Reilly, back, and Japan's Aya Miyama compete for the ball during the final match between Japan and the United States at the Women's World Cup. (July 17, 2011)

United States' Abby Wambach, center, and Japan's Homare
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United States' Abby Wambach, center, and Japan's Homare Sawa, right, compete for the ball as Japan's Azusa Iwashimizu, left, looks on during the final match between Japan and the United States at the Women's World Cup. (July 17, 2011)

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Japan's Mizuho Sakaguchi, center, competes for the ball
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Japan's Mizuho Sakaguchi, center, competes for the ball with United States' Megan Rapinoe, left, and United States' Carli Lloyd during the final match between Japan and the United States at the Women's World Cup. (July 17, 2011)

Japan's Shinobu Ohno, right, and United States' Amy
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Japan's Shinobu Ohno, right, and United States' Amy Le Peilbet, center, compete for the ball as United States' Megan Rapinoe runs behind during the final match between Japan and the United States at the Women's World Cup. (July 17, 2011)

United States' Rachel Buehler, left, and Japan's Nahomi
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United States' Rachel Buehler, left, and Japan's Nahomi Kawasumi eye the ball during the final match between Japan and the United States at the Women's World Cup. (July 17, 2011)

United States' Megan Rapinoe, right, reacts after failing
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United States' Megan Rapinoe, right, reacts after failing a scoring chance next to Japan's Saki Kumagai during the final match between Japan and the United States at the Women's World Cup. (July 17, 2011)

United States goalkeeper Hope Solo makes a save
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United States goalkeeper Hope Solo makes a save during the final match between Japan and the United States at the Women's World Cup. (July 17, 2011)

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United States' Rachel Buehler, left, controls the ball
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United States' Rachel Buehler, left, controls the ball from Japan's Nahomi Kawasumi as United States' Carli Lloyd, back, during the final match between Japan and the United States at the Women's World Cup. (July 17, 2011)

United States' Shannon Boxx, front, and Japan's Homare
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United States' Shannon Boxx, front, and Japan's Homare Sawa jump for the ball during the final match between Japan and the United States at the Women's World Cup. (July 17, 2011)

Japan's Yukari Kinga is challenged by United States'
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Japan's Yukari Kinga is challenged by United States' Megan Rapinoe, right, during the final match between Japan and the United States at the Women's World Cup. (July 17, 2011)

Japan's Azusa Iwashimizu, is challenged by United States'
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Japan's Azusa Iwashimizu, is challenged by United States' Megan Rapinoe, right, during the final match between Japan and the United States at the Women's World Cup. (July 17, 2011)

United States' Lauren Cheney, center, is challenged by
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United States' Lauren Cheney, center, is challenged by Japan's Nahomi Kawasumi, right, as Japan's Homare Sawa runs by during the final match between Japan and the United States at the Women's World Cup. (July 17, 2011)

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United States' Carli Lloyd, center, and United States'
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United States' Carli Lloyd, center, and United States' Abby Wambach, back, compete for the ball with Japan's Azusa Iwashimizu, bottom, Japan's Saki Kumagai, left and Japan's Mizuho Sakaguchi, right, during the final match between Japan and the United States at the Women's World Cup. (July 17, 2011)

United States' Megan Rapinoe is challenged by Japan's
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United States' Megan Rapinoe is challenged by Japan's Saki Kumagai, right, during the final match between Japan and the United States at the Women's World Cup. (July 17, 2011)

United States' Lauren Cheney fails to score past
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United States' Lauren Cheney fails to score past Japan goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori, right, during the final match between Japan and the United States at the Women's World Cup. (July 17, 2011)

United States' Rachel Buehler and Japan's Homare Sawa,
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United States' Rachel Buehler and Japan's Homare Sawa, second right, jump for the ball during the final match between Japan and the United States at the Women's World Cup. (July 17, 2011)

United States' Abby Wambach jumps for the ball
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United States' Abby Wambach jumps for the ball during the final match between Japan and the United States at the Women's World Cup. (July 17, 2011)

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Japan's Homare Sawa jumps for the ball next
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Japan's Homare Sawa jumps for the ball next to United States' Carli Lloyd during the final match between Japan and the United States at the Women's World Cup. (July 17, 2011)

A fan of the U.S. waits prior to
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A fan of the U.S. waits prior to the final match between Japan and the United States at the Women's World Cup. (July 17, 2011)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends the final match
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends the final match between Japan and the United States at the Women's World Cup. (July 17, 2011)

United States' Alex Krieger, Lauren Cheney, Abby Wambach,
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United States' Alex Krieger, Lauren Cheney, Abby Wambach, goalkeeper Hope Solo, Carli Lloyd, Rachel Buehler from top left, and, from bottom left, Heather O Reilly, Amy Le Peilbet, Christie Rampone, Shannon Boxx, Megan Rapinoe, pose for a team photo prior to the final match between Japan and the United States at the Women's World Cup. (July 17, 2011)

United States' Alex Krieger, Lauren Cheney, Abby Wambach,
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United States' Alex Krieger, Lauren Cheney, Abby Wambach, goalkeeper Hope Solo, Carli Lloyd, Rachel Buehler from top left, and, from bottom left, Heather O Reilly, Amy Le Peilbet, Christie Rampone, Shannon Boxx, Megan Rapinoe, pose for a team photo prior to the final match between Japan and the United States at the Women's World Cup. (July 17, 2011)

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A fan of the U.S. waits prior to
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A fan of the U.S. waits prior to the final match between Japan and the United States at the Women's World Cup. (July 17, 2011)

A fan of the U.S. smiles prior to
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A fan of the U.S. smiles prior to the final match between Japan and the United States at the Women's Soccer World Cup. (July 17, 2011)

Fans of the U.S. hold signs prior to
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Fans of the U.S. hold signs prior to the final match between Japan and the United States at the Women's World Cup. (July 17, 2011)

Chelsea Clinton attends the final match between Japan
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Chelsea Clinton attends the final match between Japan and the United States at the Women's World Cup. (July 17, 2011)

A young fan of Japan waits prior to
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A young fan of Japan waits prior to the final match between Japan and the United States at the Women's World Cup. (July 17, 2011)

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Fans of the U.S. cheer prior to the
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Fans of the U.S. cheer prior to the final match between Japan and the United States at the Women's World Cup. (July 17, 2011)

Fans of the U.S. cheer prior to the
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Fans of the U.S. cheer prior to the final match between Japan and the United States at the Women's World Cup. (July 17, 2011)

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