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With two World Cup titles and three Olympic gold medals, the United States has history on its side in Sunday's final against Japan.
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.
Homare Sawa made up for a huge error by scoring the go-ahead goal and Japan advanced to theWorld Cup final with a 3-1 victory over Sweden on Wednesday.
Japan carries memories of the devastation the tsunami heaped on its country into every game at this Women's World Cup.
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.
Japan knocked two-time defending champion Germany out of the Women's World Cup on Saturday, advancing to the semifinals with a 1-0 win when substitute Karina Maruyama outran the defense and scored on an angled shot in extra time.