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Japan came from behind twice and defeated the U.S. in penalty kicks to take the Women's World Cup.

Sunday's win in Frankfurt, Germany, marked Japan's first defeat of the U.S. in 26 games, and the first time an Asian country won the World Cup. It would have been the United States' third title.

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The U.S. squandered a 2-1 lead with six minutes left. During the shootout, the U.S. failed to make its first three penalty kicks, while the Japanese team made two of four to win the game.

The loss, televised by ESPN, came after two stunning U.S. victories — against Brazil in the quarterfinals and France in the semifinals.