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Japan Surprises US, Wins The Women's World Cup Final

Missed opportunities cost the US team their first win in 12 years.
<p> Missed opportunities cost the US team their first win in 12 years.</p>
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Update: A replay of the Women's World Cup Final between the US and Japan is currently being shown on ESPN2.

Japan has won the 2011 Women’s World Cup final. And while all the credit goes to Japan, it’s clear that missed opportunities cost the US team the soccer championship. The USA had numerous first half chances and held a one-goal lead twice, but Japan showed resilience, kept fighting and finally pulled out the 2011 World Cup championship in penalty kicks.