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Team of destiny turns out to be Japan

Team of destiny turns out to be Japan

Originally Published: July 17, 2011
By Joanne C. Gerstner

FRANKFURT, Germany -- They had to do it to us again.

The U.S. Women's World Cup team had to leave everyone with frazzled nerves and hearts fluttering from excitement and tears in our eyes from the results.

But this time, Sunday, they were tears of anguish.

You live by penalty shots, you die by penalty shots. The cruelty is swift, and there are no do-overs for mistakes.

Japan won its first World Cup, defeating the U.S. in penalty kicks 3-1. The game was dead-locked at ...

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