Japan's players celebrate with the trophy after winning their Women's World Cup final soccer match against the U.S. in Frankfurt.

Japan equalized twice before taking charge of a shootout to triumph in their Fifa Women's World Cup campaign against traditional superpowers - the United States - in the final.

After a goalless first half, The States opened the scoring in the 68th minute when Alex Morgan curled in a fine finish on the counter. However, Aya Miyama capitalized on a defensive error, ten minutes from time, to take the game into extra time.

Much was the same in extra time, where Abby Wambach gave The States the lead only to see Homare Sawa - the tournament's golden boot winning midfielder - equalize for the Asian side.

A penalty shootout ensued, and although it was of low-quality it was entertaining, as Shannon Boxx, Tobin Heath and Carli Lloyd, all missed for The States. Japan defender Saki Kumagai held her nerves to settle the encounter 3-1 and earn their glory.