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#1 10-10-2018 08:57:33

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by Jon Day

TOKYO Rodger Saffold Jersey , July 5 (Xinhua) -- Women's World Cup title holders Japan will face off with the United States in Vancouver on Sunday in a repeat of the final in 2011 that saw Japan see off the Americans in a thrilling penalty shootout after extra time.

The final between the two big guns in women's international soccer is being pegged as something of a grudge match as the United States felt hard done by, loosing 3-1 to the Japanese on penalties in the final in Germany four years ago, yet Japan will also be looking to lay some ghosts to rest after being denied by the Americans in the London Olympics two years ago.

The Americans, having been picked in the 'group of death,' have done well to grind out results against some of the bigger teams, having only conceded a single goal and finally topping their group, which included Australia, Nigeria and Sweden, and dispatching Colombia, China and two-time champions Germany in the semi-finals.

The Stars and Stripes have gained in momentum, and while failing to score against a gritty Swedish team, made easy work of the Germans in a 2-0 win, which some pundits felt was the real final of the competition at least according to the teams' world rankings.

But take nothing away from Japan who cruised passed Switzerland, beat an aggressive Cameroonian side and rightly beat Ecuador, albeit by a below-par scoreline, to progress to the knockout stages, where the Netherlands were sent home 2-1 and Australia overcome 1-0, to take 'Nadeshiko Japan' to the semi-finals.

Somewhat fortuitously, in the semi-final against England, a stoppage time own-goal from Laura Bassett gifted Japan a 2-1 victory and place in the finals, a game which many pundits and fans believe will go down to the wire.

"They're two very different footballing teams, with the Americans perhaps relying on physique and the individual skill and prowess of some of their superstars like Alex Morgan and Abby Wambach, who was the 2012 FIFA World Player of the Year and has scored more goals in international football in her career than any other player, male or female," Sid Lloyd, Managing Director of Footy Japan, the largest joint operator of amateur international adult football leagues and children's football academies in Japan, told Xinhua.

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