Japan became the first Asian nation to win the World Cup, defeating the U.S. for the first time in 26 tries, 3-1, in a penalty shootout, in the Women's World Cup Finals, on Sunday, in Germany.

Head coach Norio Sasaki (R) and Homare Sawa celebrates with the cup after winning the FIFA Women's World Cup Final match between Japan and USA at the FIFA World Cup stadium Frankfurt on July 17, 2011 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

 

ESPN.com reports that Japan had to come from behind twice, to tie the game at 2-2, before winning in the shootout.