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Japan beat the U.S. women's soccer team, just like last summer. And this time, the Japanese didn't need penalty kicks.
Though winning its first women's World Cup won't solve Japan's problems, the courage and resilience of the team will inspire many who have been laden with bad news since the March 11 disasters.
Meticulous planning and execution are everything in Japanese soccer. So when the team falls behind, there is a system to rely on, a belief there is still a way to win.
Only hours before their quarterfinal match of the World Cup, captain Homare Sawa and the rest of the Japanese players were transfixed by slides of the devastation heaped on their country from the earthquake and tsunami.
"We just paid a lot of attention and our coach told us to keep the ball low, not to play any high balls," Miyama said. "That is what we did."
"We stayed calm and we decided: We are just going to do what we practiced, and if we do that there will be a good result," Miyama said.