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Late goal sends Japan past Australia into semifinals

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Japan needed a late goal to move past Australia in the Women's World Cup quarterfinals.

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,...

Japan beat the Netherlands 2-1 to advance to quarterfinals

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Japan defender Saori Ariyoshi celebrates with teammates after scoring against the Netherlands during the first half.

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...

Women's World Cup 2015 day-by-day schedule

24 nations dream of lifting the World Cup in Vancouver on July 5.

From June 6 to July 5, the Women's World Cup in Canada will be a must-watch event. To keep track of who is playing and when, go to espnW...

How the Women's World Cup 2015 bracket will unfold

Julie Foudy predicts how the tournament will play out.

If you're freaking out that England -- not Germany -- is predicted to reach the semifinals in my bracket below, brace yourself. When plotting out the bracket, it became clear that two of the world's best teams will likely meet early. And I'm not even talking about USA-Brazil. If Germany and France win their groups, they likely will be "rewarded" with a date in the quarterfinals. And yes, you're reading the rest of the picks right. The U.S. women will overcome finishing second in Group D to hoist...

Japan beats Ecuador to top Group C with perfect record

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Yuika Sugasawa and Japan cruised into the knockout stage with their third straight win.

WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Yuki Ogimi scored in the fifth minute and defending champion Japan beat Ecuador 1-0 on Tuesday to become the first team to win all three of its matches in the group stage of this year's Women's World Cup.

Japan won Group C and will play in the round of 16 on June 23 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Brazil, which plays Wednesday, is the only other team with a chance to go 3-0 in the group stage.

It was the 54th international goal for the 27-year-old Ogimi. Her shot from close...