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FULL-TIME Japan 2-1 Netherlands
Japan now play Australia in the Quarter-Finals
90+2 mins GOAL Japan 2-1 NETHERLANDS (Kirsten van de Ven)
This is a howler. Melis’ cross picked out van de Ven who couldn’t get any power in her header. But it hits Kaihori and the ball rolls over the line
Netherlands have a corner, but the keeper is impeded
86 mins – Netherlands Sub
Tessel Middag replaces van Dongen
Van de Ven cuts off the left and breaks into the box, but her shot is straight at Kaihori
Martens tries her luck from the edge of the box, but her curled shot goes over
80 mins – Japan Sub
Homare Sawa replaces Nahomi Kawasumi
78 mins – GOAL JAPAN 2-0 Netherlands (Mizuho Sakaguchi)
Game over? Japan get the ball into the Dutch box, but they are patient in their build-up, waiting for the opener. Utsugi passes to Sakaguchi on the edge of the box, and she curls the ball expertly into the left corner. Great goal
76 mins – CLOSE
Netherlands come so close to an equaliser. Spitse’s delivery is dangerous and it hits Sameshima to force Ayumi Kaihori into a great save. Japan can’t clear and van de Ven tries her lucky but her shot is blocked by Mizuho Sakaguchi
A ball over the top plays Ogimi into the box, but she volleys into the side-netting
Melis’ ball picks out Miedema who can’t manage to turn in the box, she unselfishly sets up van de Ven, but she shoots into the side netting
Good interplay sets up Sakaguchi, but her effort is well blocked behind by van den Berg.
66 mins – Japan Sub
Mana Iwabuchi replaces Ohno
56 mins – CLOSE
Japan break quickly and nearly score a second as Miyama’s cut-back hits van Dongen and the ball nearly squirms in, but just goes wide.
53 mins – Netherlands Sub
Kirsten van de Ven replaces Danielle van de Donk
What can Netherlands do from this? Spitse’s shot hits the wall, but the Dutch recycle the ball well to win a corner. However, the waste that.
51 mins – YELLOW CARD
Martens makes a great run and is just fouled outside the box by Ariyoshi who is booked
Dekker tries her luck from 20 yards, but it goes well over.
Netherlands start the second half.
Ogimi’s cross picks out the unmarked Ohno, but her header goes wide. Netherlands need to improve their marking
Japan have another corner. Miyama’s ball is punched away by Geurts
Kawasumi does well down the right, her cross nearly picks out Ohno who can’t her head onto it, but sliding in is Utsugi – however, she can’t get enough contact to be a goal threat,
Spitse is robbed of possession in a dangerous area, but luckily for her, Ogimi’s opportunistic long-range shot goes over.
Japan have a corner. Miyama’s delivery is good and Sakaguchi has a free header, but it goes well wide
A lovely touch from Ohno sets Kawasumi up, but she shoots wide.
22 mins – CLOSE
Nearly a sublime second. Sameshima makes a surging run, passes to Shinobu Ohno who makes a dinked through-ball over the centre-backs but from 6-yards out, Sameshima volleys over.
21 mins – CLOSE
Nahomi Kawasumi plays the ball back across goal, Miyama makes a superb run but sidefoots the ball past the left post.
Netherlands have a corner, van den Berg’s ball is good but Japan clear.
Nearly an immediate reply. Melis puts a tantalising cross into the box, but Miedema and Martens can’t get something on the ball
10 mins – GOAL JAPAN 1-0 Netherlands (Saori Ariyoshi)
Aya Miyama is down the left, she puts in a wonderful cross and Yuki Ogimi’s header hits the cross bar, Merel van Dongen scuffs her clearance to Saori Ariyoshi who fires the ball into the bottom-left corner. That is her first ever goal for Japan, not a bad place to score it.
Manon Melis is in the box, she is about to shoot – but she slips at the worst time.
Good possession from Netherlands see them approach the Japan box, but they can’t open a route into the penalty area and Sherida Spitse tries her luck from 30 yards, but her shot goes narrowly over.
Japan gets the game underway.
Fifteen minutes away from kick-off. The winners of the tie will play Australia.
(4-4-2) Ayumi Kaihori, Saori Ariyoshi, Azusa Iwashimizu, Saki Kumagai, Aya Sameshima, Nahomi Kawasumi, Mizuho Sakaguchi, Rumi Utsugi, Aya Miyama, Yuki Ogimi, Shinobu Ohno.
(4-3-3) Loes Geurts, Desiree van Lunteren, Stefanie van der Gragt, Mandy van den Berg, Merel van Dongen, Anouk Dekker, Danielle van de Donk, Sherida Spitse, Manon Melis, Vivianne Miedema, Lieke Martens
Welcome to my live-text coverage of the final Last 16 tie, where the World Cup holders Japan continue their defence of their trophy against Netherlands.