The United States capped the most brilliant event in the history of women's sport with a dramatic penalty shoot-out win over China in the final of the FIFA Women's World Cup.

The Final ended goalless - as did the third place match between Brazil and Norway, with the South Americans winning on penalties - and reviving memories of the 0-0 draw in the 1994 men's World Cup Final in the same Rose Bowl stadium near Los Angeles.

But this year's showdown was never short of suspense and intensity, especially when Kristine Lilly cleared a Chinese header off her goal-line.

The heroine of the home team, cheered on by President Bill Clinton, was goalkeeper Briana Scurry, who made a decisive save in the shoot-out.

The capacity 90,000 plus crowd in the California sunshine fêted their favourites in style, enjoying the Americans' second triumph in the third women's World Cup to date.