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Japan defeat USA in World Cup Soccer Final

John E. DeFreitas | 7/18/2011, 3:36 p.m.
The teams ended regulation time tied at 1-1, and each scored a goal in overtime to send the game into penalties even at 2-2. "First of all, I give credit to the players for playing good soccer," said U.S. Women's National Team head coach Pia Sundhage "They kept possession better than in the other games we played. But we couldn't put away our chances. We created a lot of good chances in the first half. It's a final. There is a small difference between winning and losing." Photo courtesy Toni Quinn.

Japan and USA players fight to get the ball under the watchful eyes of German FIFA referee Bibiana Steinhaus in second overtime play in front of Japan's goal.USA Abby Wambach (#20) and Megan Rapinoe (#15) try to score on Japan's goal-keeper Ayumi Kaihori who grabs the ball after a failed US scoring chance during the final. USA lost to Japan in penalty kick shootout in 2011 FIFA World Cup on Sun.July,17 in Germany.The U.S.. Women's National Team twice had leads erased before falling to a spirited Japanese team 3-1 in a penalty kick shootout to finish as runners up in the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup.