Japan beat the US  in the 2011 Women's World Cup finals during a penalty kick shootout on Sunday in Frankfurt, marking its first victory over the US during the same year as a devastating earthquake hit the nation.

Saki Kumagai scored the final penalty kick, leading Japan to victory with a win from penalty kicks, 3-1, after a 2-2 draw in extra time. The US team, led by Abby Wambach, missed the first three goals.

Japan, one of the fastest teams, entered as the best defensive team in the tournament, though the technically-accomplished team has never beaten the US national team before.

This win marks a triumph for Japan, as the nation suffered from the most powerful earthquake to ever hit the country in March this year, costing the lives of nearly 16,000 people.

After a loss against Sweden and an intense match against Brazil in the quarter finals, the US team faced another upset since its last win for Women's World Cup Final in 1999 on its home turf against China.

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