Japan defeat USA in Women's World Cup final

Japan beat USA 3-1 on penalties in the Women's World Cup final.

Japan defeated tournament favourites USA 3-1 on penalties in Sunday's Women's World Cup final to win their first World Cup.

The game finished 2-2 after extra time and despite being dominated for large portions of the match, Japan proved more prolific in the shoot-out.

Young defender Saki Kumagai scored the winning penalty after Ayumi Kaihori had saved two out of three American spot-kicks.

Alex Morgan had opened the scoring for the US before Aya Miyama equalised late in normal time.

Abby Wambach headed USA ahead in extra time but Homare Sawa ensured a penalty finish with a flicked effort at the near post.

Japan become the first Asian nation to win the FIFA Women's World Cup.

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