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Japan rewarded by the soccer gods

Updated: July 18, 2011, 7:49 AM ET
By Ravi Ubha | ESPN.com

FRANKFURT, Germany -- By the time the first half ended in the Women's World Cup final on Sunday, it was clear to see which side was Team Destiny.

And it wasn't the U.S.

The team that captured the hearts of those back home in a rousing comeback victory against Brazil a week ago was trumped by Japan 2-2 and 3-1 on penalties, at a sold-out, pumping Commerzbank Arena in Frankfurt. There would be no penalty joy on this occasion for the Americans, but utter delight for the ...

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