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Japan overcomes United States in penalty kicks during women's World Cup Final

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Japan's Mana Iwabuchi (right) heads the ball in front of Abby Wambach of the U.S. during their Women's World Cup final soccer match in Frankfurt am Main, Germany on July 17.

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Japan's goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori is beaten by US Alex Morgan as the US scores, making the game 1-0 during the FIFA Women's World Cup final soccer match between in Frankfurt am Main, Germany July 17.

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The US squad stands in a line after watching penalty kicks during FIFA Women's World Cup Final match on July 17 in Germany.

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Japan's squad celebrates with the cup after winning the FIFA Women's World Cup Final match between against the US on July 17 in Germany.

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Japan's fans react after Japan scored a goal against the U.S., during their Women's World Cup final soccer match in Frankfurt, as they watch a TV broadcast at a bar in Tokyo on July 18.

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