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Japan 2-1 Netherlands (Result) – Last 16 – Live Text

Japan 2-1 Netherlands

  • Japan Winners of Group C, Netherlands 3rd in Group A
  • Japan are the World Cup Holders
  • Saori Ariyoshi puts Japan in front, Mizuho Sakaguchi doubles their lead.
  • van de Ven scores in the 92nd minute

All Times British Summer Time (BST)

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

90+1 mins 

Netherlands have a corner, but the keeper is impeded

86 mins – Netherlands Sub

Tessel Middag replaces van Dongen

86 mins

Van de Ven cuts off the left and breaks into the box, but her shot is straight at Kaihori

81 mins

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

74 mins

A ball over the top plays Ogimi into the box, but she volleys into the side-netting

72 mins

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

68 mins

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

51 mins

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

48 mins

Dekker tries her luck from 20 yards, but it goes well over.


Netherlands start the second half.

45 mins

Ogimi’s cross picks out the unmarked Ohno, but her header goes wide. Netherlands need to improve their marking

42 mins

Japan have another corner. Miyama’s ball is punched away by Geurts

33 mins

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,

29 mins

Spitse is robbed of possession in a dangerous area, but luckily for her, Ogimi’s opportunistic long-range shot goes over.

28 mins

Japan have a corner. Miyama’s delivery is good and Sakaguchi has a free header, but it goes well wide

25 mins 

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.

15 mins

Netherlands have a corner, van den Berg’s ball is good but Japan clear.

11 mins

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.

8 mins

Manon Melis is in the box, she is about to shoot – but she slips at the worst time.

6 mins

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.

Japan02:37 – Japan Team

(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.

Netherlands.svg02:37 – Netherlands Team

(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.


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