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FULL TIME Japan 1-0 Switzerland
Switzerland miss their final chance. A long ball into the box is passed by the Japanese player Nahomi Kawasumi straight to Bachmann, who from 10 yards blasted the ball over.
90 mins – JAPAN SUB
Nahomi Kawasumi replaces Shinobu Ohno.
Japan have a free-kick from 40 yards, It’s played to Ohno but she can’t do anything.
81 mins – SWITZERLAND SUB
17 year old Cinzia Zehnder replaces Martina Moser.
Martiz’s cross is cleared to Rinast whose effort fails at being both a cross and a shot.
Dickenmann plays a delightful dink over the back four to Bachmann, but she can only hit the side netting.
Switzerland have a corner, launched in by Bachmann. It is spilled by Yamane but before Crnogorcevic can get the decisive finish, Japan clear.
68 mins – SO CLOSE
So good fortune allows the ball to fall to Sugasaw, but she spins and then shoots from just outside the box and watches the ball clip the right post and go behind.
Bachmann is at it again. Down the left, she breaks into the box, but her cross is turned behind. The corner is played by to Rinast who from 40 yards launches the ball into the box where Abbe’s header is well saved by Yamane.
Japan have a corner cleared to Iwashimizu, whose driven shot is going well wide but hits the head of Kawamura, and the ball goes over. The Japanese player was ruled offside.
Switzerland have a cross from the right-wing cleared to Moser, whose 20 yard shot sails over.
57 mins – JAPAN SUB
Yuri Kawamura replaces Homare Sawa
What a scintillating run from Bachmann from the half-way line as she beats one, two, three, then gets into the box, takes it wide of the keeper but slips as she tries to turn, and Ariyoshi clears behind.
Ariyoshi’s run into the half sees her drive a pass, but a deflection sets it perfectly up for Ohno, but she fails to hit the target.
Good play from Switzerland, but just as the chance seems to have gone Bernauer blasts the ball over from 20 yards.
A delightful but from Ohno finds Sakaguchi into the danger zone, but she shoots wide.
Switzerland have come out with attack in the mind, but Rinast’s cross is claimed by the keeper.
SECOND HALF KICKS OFF
Half-time: Switzerland Sub
Eseosa Aigbogun replaces Fabienne Humm
Half-Time – Japan 1-0 Switzerland
The World Champions are in front thanks to Miyama’s penalty, but the game has been very tight. A thrilling second half awaits.
Japan have a corner. Miyami’s cross is never fully dealt with and it fell to Sakaguchi, whose shot was deflected wide. Another corner, but nothing comes from it.
44 mins – CLOSE
Wonderful skill from Bachmann down the left saw her beat several players, cut off the wing before her shooting from just outside the box and watched as the ball went narrowly wide of the near post.
A left-wing cross from Miyama picked out Ogimi who made a diving header at the near post, but she never got the correct contact and the chance was gone.
A beautiful ball from Miyama to Sakaguchi in the box, who takes a touch to bring the ball down but her shot is blocked by Caroline Abbe.
Martina Moser has a shot from 25 yards, but it takes a heavy deflection which removed all the power leaving Yamane to collect the ball with ease.
Despite being crowded out by three players Crnogorcevic wriggles in the box to lay up Dickenmann, but her shot was blocked.
32 mins – JAPAN SUB
Yuika Sugasawa replaced Kozue Ando who was injured in the foul that won the penalty.
Switzerland have a corner taken short, and Bachmann’s ball picks out Crnogorecevic, but she heads wide.
29 mins – GOAL JAPAN 1-0 Switzerland (Miyama pen)
A long delay due to the treatment Thalmann required. Miyama placed the ball in the bottom left corner, and despite the keeper going the right way, the penalty is just too good.
27 mins – JAPAN PENALTY & YELLOW CARD
The ball over the top by Ogimi up to Ando through on goal. Ando’s chipped shot is saved, but is taken out by Thalmann after the save. Is that a penalty? Yes, but a very dubious decision. The keeper is booked too.
A teasing ball from Miyami sends Ariyoshi into the box, Rinast and Waelti almost take each other out, and despite Ariyoshi’s poor first touch going out, a corner is given. Japan can’t take advantage of that generosity.
Homara Sawa shoots from 20 yards, but it goes well wide. She is playing in her sixth tournament. Veteran.
22 mins – YELLOW CARD
The game’s first yellow card for Bachmann for pulling back Ohno.
Switzerland have a corner. Dickenmann’s great corner is cleared.
Japan go very close. Ariyoshi does well down the right and her cross along the ground towards Ogmi who is forced off the ball by Waelti, and it is just behind Ando at the far post.
End to end here. Maritz’s great cross is claimed by Yamane who launches a counter, ending with Ando being tackled in the box by Abbe.
A chance for Japan as Ohno sets up Miyama, whose run onto the pass had to be readjusted due to referee obstruction and then shoots wide of the left post. The ref coming to the Swiss rescue there.
Rinast makes a surging run from her own half and keeps on going and going until threading Bachmann into the box, forcing Yamane into a wonderful save from close distance.
Ohno plays a delightful ball into the box, but it is collected by the Swiss keeper Thalmann ahead of Ando.
Japan win the game’s first corner. The Swiss defence is stationary, and Miyama reaches the far post where Iwashimizu headed over.
Switzerland have a free-kick as Saw fouls Bernauer, about 25 yards from goal. They try and be clever by playing a through-ball to Dickenmann, but the pass is overhit out.
A long ball by Miyama up to Ando is well dealt with by the Swiss defender Waelti.
The Group C gets underway. Remember Cameroon beat Ecuador 6-0 in the earlier match.
Remarkably, before 2011, the only time they had got out of the groups was in 1995.
Of course, today sees Japan begin their World Cup defence after they beat USA on penalties in the 2011 final – to become the first Asian side, either men’s or women’s, to win the World Cup. Switzerland are making their World Cup debut. Could be worse. They could be playing Germany…
Welcome to the Live Text for Japan vs Switzerland in the Group C tie.