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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, Sunday, July 17, 2011.

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Japan wins 1st World Cup title in penalty shootout

Amid the sorrow that lingers throughout Japan, perhaps a little joy — courtesy of the determined women on its World Cup team. They beat the Americans for the title in a riveting final Sunday night, 3-1 on penalty kicks, after coming from behind twice in a 2-2 tie.

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