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Japan Wins World Cup

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Japan has beaten the USA for the first time ever in the final match of the Women’s World Cup, prompting the usual sudden and opportunistic interest in football amongst Japanese supporters.

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The match was drawn 2-2, but Japan’s team turned this into a 3-1 victory when it came to penalties.

Japanese media helpfully offered gloating coverage of Americans witnessing their defeat:

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Japan’s team had previously been remarkable for their total inability to beat the US – they previously lost 22 matches and drew a further 3, making this their first victory against them.

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