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The Final of the FIFA Women's World Cup Germany 2011™ went to extra time for the third time and to penalties for the second time, where Japan defender Saki Kumagai had the honour of hitting home the decisive spot-kick as the Nadeshiko triumphed 3-1 over USA in the shoot-out.

The only other time the Final went to penalties was in 1999 when the Stars and Stripes came out narrow 5-4 winners over China PR, when another defender, Brandi Chastain hit the winning penalty much to the delight of the American supporters in attendance at the Rose Bowl.

At USA 2003, Germany needed extra time to beat Sweden 2-1 when Nia Kuenzer scored the match winner in the 98th minute.