Japan tops Sweden, will face USWNT in Women's World Cup final

Japan tops Sweden, will face USWNT in Women's World Cup final

2011 Women's World Cup

Japan tops Sweden, will face USWNT in Women's World Cup final

Japan (Reuters Pictures)

Japan's dream run in the Women's World Cup continues.

After falling behind in the 10th minute, Japan scored three unanswered goals and defeated Sweden, 3-1, in Wednesday's semifinal to advance to the final against the United States.

Josefine Oqvist put Sweden, which topped the United States in the group stage, ahead early with a clinical finish, but the lead was a short-lived one.

Nahomi Kawasumi equalized nine minutes later, Homare Sawa put Japan ahead in the 59th minute and Kawasumi struck again with an insurance goal in the 64th to help Japan knock off its second consecutive European power. Japan beat two-time defending champion and host Germany in extra time in the quarterfinals.

Japan and the United States have played three times this year, with the Americans winning all three matchups. They played two World Cup tune-ups in May, with the United States winning, 2-0, both times.

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