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The most dramatic Women's World Cup final in history occurred July 17. Japan came twice from behind to tie the score, first in regulation and then in extra time, and then went on to win the penalty shootout, 3-1, after a 2-2 tie in front of a sellout crowd in Frankfurt, Germany. The U.S. was trying to become the first three-time world champion. Instead, Japan became the first Asian champion.