Japan Wins Women's World Cup, Thanks to Extra-Time Penalty Kicks

By The Atlantic Wire
The United States Women's National Team lost to Japan after extra time and penalty kicks Sunday in the Women's World Cup final. The game was tied 1-1 at the end of regulation. America's Abby Wambach scored a goal during the 104th minute to put the U.S. up 2-1. Japan fought hard, and the last minute heroics of Japan's Homare Sowa tied the game with only three minutes remaining in extra time to force the penalty kicks, where Japan outscored the U.S. 3-1. When the game went to kicks, Americans were faced with an all too familiar feeling. The last time the U.S. won a Women's World Cup was twelve years ago, in 1999, when Brandi Chastain scored the deciding penalty kick to win the final game against China on home soil at California's Rose Bowl. Chastain's celebration became one of the most prolific sports photos of the time.

Sunday's game, of course, did not go as well.

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