Japan clinch shock World Cup win in shoot-out

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Japan's giant-killing Women's World Cup campaign ended in glory with a penalty shoot-out win over traditional powerhouse the United States in the final in Frankfurt last night.

The States led through Alex Morgan in normal time and Abby Wambach in extra-time, but Aya Miyama and Homare Sawa equalised – the latter taking the tournament's Golden Boot as top scorer. A low-quality shoot-out saw Shannon Boxx, Tobin Heath and Carli Lloyd miss for the favourites before defender Saki Kumagai settled it 3-1 in Japan's favour.