Despite spirited offense, Japan falls twice to U.S.
On Aug. 15, 2008, China formally conceded its title as the flag-bearer of Asian women's soccer to Japan, which beat the host nation 2-0 in the Olympic quarterfinals.
More recently, Japan again beat China 2-0 in a battle for the third and final Asian berth in the 2011 Women's World Cup. China, which made classic appearances against the U.S. in both the 1996 Olympics and 1999 Women's World Cup, will be conspicuously absent from this year's tournament.
Japan, on the other ...
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