Powerhouse Germany ousted by gutsy Japan

Germany sent packing

Originally Published: July 9, 2011
By Michelle Smith

WOLFSBURG, Germany -- The crowd of 26,067 at Wolfsburg witnessed the biggest upset in the history of the Women's World Cup.

But that is not what they came to see. They came for a celebration, not the devastation and disbelief on the faces of their team's players at the final whistle after 120 minutes of heart-wrenching play.

This was supposed to be another step in the march to a third straight World Cup title for Germany -- only this time on its home soil. This was supposed to ...

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