Despite disappointment, Japan can take pride

ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia — Following a tumultuous and at-times controversial journey to the knockout stage, Japan came close to reaching their first-ever World Cup quarterfinals on July 2 before having their hearts broken by a last-gasp Belgium goal. In a turn of events few would have predicted, the Samurai Blue fought their way to a 2-0 […]

Japan beats U.S. to seal Women’s World Cup fairytale

FRANKFURT (Kyodo) — Saki Kumagai completed a fairytale finish with the decisive spot kick as Japan stunned the United States 3-1 on penalties to win the Women’s World Cup for the first time after a 2-2 draw in extra time in the July 17 final in Frankfurt. Tournament MVP Homare Sawa forced penalties with an […]

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