Japan beat England 2-1 in their semifinal match at the 2015 Women's World Cup as England's Laura Bassett inadvertently redirected the ball into her own goal in injury time to cost her team a chance at extra time and penalties.
Japan advance to the final to face the United States on Sunday, July 5.
The match seemed headed for extra time as 90 minutes of regulation and injury time ticked toward conclusion. However, a ball into the box fell to Bassett's feet and her attempted clearance went over...
EDMONTON, Alberta -- Japanese coach Norio Sasaki couldn't resist making a joke at Mana Iwabuchi's expense when explaining his decision to substitute the forward in during the second half against Australia on Saturday.
Iwabuchi, Sasaki said with a laugh, went from "not yet" to right now.
Some 15 minutes after entering the game, Iwabuchi scored during a scramble in front in the 87th minute to secure a 1-0 victory in the Women's World Cup quarterfinals Saturday.
"Her first name is Mana. And in Japanese,...
Mizhuo Sakaguchi scored what turned out to be the deciding goal in the 78th minute as defending Women's World Cup champion Japan held off a late attack to beat the Netherlands 2-1 on Tuesday night.
Saori Ariyoshi opened the scoring for the Asian champions in the 10th minute, pouncing on a loose ball after had looped off the Netherlands' crossbar and smashing her drive home.
Sakaguchi doubled Japan's lead in the 76th minute, shortly after Japan nearly scored an own goal. Sherida Spitse took a corner...