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US, Japan to Meet in World Cup Final Rematch


U.S. midfielder Carli Lloyd speaks to reporters before a training session for the round of eight in the FIFA 2015 women's World Cup soccer tournament at Algonquin College in Ottawa, Ontario, June 24, 2015.

U.S. midfielder Carli Lloyd speaks to reporters before a training session for the round of eight in the FIFA 2015 women's World Cup soccer tournament at Algonquin College in Ottawa, Ontario, June 24, 2015.

The stage is set for a rematch of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup final, with the U.S. soccer team looking to avenge its loss to defending champion Japan.

Fourth seeded Japan advanced to Sunday's final in Vancouver, Canada after a 2-1 semifinal win over England.

The winning margin was provided by an own goal from England's Laura Bassett, who accidentally sent the ball into her team's net in the 92nd minute while trying to clear the ball.

Japan is now looking ahead to Sunday's rematch with the two-time champion U.S. team.

"However we played in this game, the fact is, we're going to the final,'' Japan coach Norio Sasaki said through an interpreter. "And I'd like to congratulate the players for that... We should really cherish this moment that we are going to the final.''

The U.S. advanced to World Cup final earlier this week, when it beat Germany 2-0, behind second half goals from midfielder Carli Lloyd and defender Kelley O'Hara.

The United States and Japan played to a 2-2 tie in the final match four years ago. Japan won on penalty kicks.

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