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FULL TIME Australia 0-1 Japan
The holders continue onto the semi-finals to play either England or Canada. Very harsh on Australia.
Van Egmond shoots from 25 yards but it is easy for Kaihori
Homare Sawa replaces Mizuho Sakaguchi
Caitlin Foord puts in a great ball but Kaihori claims under pressure from Heyman.
Ashleight Sykes replaces Kyah Simon
Heartbreaking for Australia. Miyama’s corner is partially cleared to Utsugi who mishits her shot, but it falls to Iwashimizu. Her shot is saved by brave keeping but the ball rebounds to Iwabuchi who scores into the open net
86 mins – GREAT DEFENDING
Sakaguchi plays Iwabushi into the box but her shot is superbly blocked behind by Kellond-Knight
85 mins – WHAT A MISS
Kawasumi puts it a delightful early cross to the near post, but Ogimi volleys over and wide.
81 mins – GREAT TACKLE
A good Japan move sees Iwabuchi’s pass play Utsugi into the box, she doesn’t shoot with her first touch allowing the tracking back Kellong-Knight to make the great late tackle.
Ariyoshi cuts of the wing and a one-two sets her up but her shot is blocked by Kennedy.
Some Australia attacking play ends when Catley’s ball to the far post is over hit. She should have shot.
Kawasumi’s shot is blocked behind for a corner by Catley. Miyama’s corner is cleared.
This is interesting. Michelle Heyman replaces Katrina Gorry, who seemed to be Australia’s main threat
Mana Iwabuchi replaces Shinobu Ohno
Crummer’s shot is blocked, and then Simon airkicks her shot and the chance goes.
Larissa Crummer replaces Lisa de Vanna.
Another great passing move from Japan, but Ariyoshi’s ball is well intercepted by Kennedy.
A Japanese throw picks out Ogimi who chests the ball down, turns and then shoots, but her effort curls well wide of the near post.
59 mins – CLOSE
Japan get into the box and patient passing sees them open up Australia. Ariyoshi at the byline cuts the ball back across the six yard box where at the near post Miyama’s left-footed flick just goes wide. Great creativity with the spin there from the Japanese captain.
57 mins – CLOSE
Sakaguchi’s early cross picks out Ohno in the box who gets in between two defenders, but she can’t get enough contact on her header which goes wide of the far post.
56 mins – CLOSE
Gorry drives at the Japanese box, she’s tackled but the ball falls to van Egmond whose powerful driven 25 yard shot just goes over. Kaihori was worried.
54 mins – CLOSE
A mistake from Japan nearly proves costly. Sakaguchi stumbles on the ball allowing van Egmond to steal the ball and pick out Kerr. She tries to pass the ball into the bottom right corner, but Kerr failed to get any power making it an easier save than it should have been for Kaihori.
Ogimi stabs the ball into the box for Ohno to chase, Williams hesitates and this nearly costs Australia but eventually the keeper claims. Australia then broke down the left, but Kerr’s early cross goes straight to Kaihori at the near post.
Ogimi chases a long ball down into the box, but is shephered well by Kennedy.
Australia get the second half underway.
HALF-TIME Australia 0-0 Japan
A cagey first half. Shinobu Ohno had a couple of chances, Aya Miyama shot was well saved and Azusa Iwashimizu’s header was blocked on the line. What can Australia do?
Miyama’s corner is delightful, and only a late foot stuck out from Kerr stops the ball falling to Iwashimizu. Australia then launch a counter through Kerr, the ball falls to Simon whose 30-yard powerful strike is well caught low down by Kaihori.
Sameshima puts a teasing ball into the box, but no Japanese player made the run.
Miyama dinks a ball into the Australian box, it causes problems but Australia clear.
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33 mins – CLOSE
Miyama’s corner picks out Iwashimizu at the far side, but her header is cleared off the line by brave defending from Kellond-Knight.
33 mins – CLOSE
Ohno passes to Miyama who from 20 yards shoots first time, and Williams does well to tip the ball over.
De Vanna uses the strength and pace to drive down the left, she passed to Gorry on the edge of the box but her shot is blocked. Eventually van Egmond fouls Miyama.
Japan have the game’s first corner. Miyama delivers the ball to the near post, but Australia clear. Japan had four players standing back-to-back just at the top of the box which makes it a nightmare to mark.
28 mins – CLOSE
What can the Australians do here? Just left of central, about 20 yards from goal. Four players stand around the ball, they scatter to allow Kennedy to curl the ball just wide of the near post.
Iwashimizu is booked for a foul on Kerr just outside the box, blocking the Australian.
Australia keep possession for over a minute, but nothing comes from it.
22 mins – CLOSE
Australia give away possession, Kawasumi cuts the ball back across the box to Ohno whose powerful shot just goes over and wide.
Sameshima gets to the byline, her cutback is intercepted by Alleway. Australia launch a counter through Gorry, two-on-two but when she tries to pick out Kerr, she plays it straight to Iwashimizu.
Miyama is into the box, but she is tackled by Kennedy’s alert defending.
Japan have not been afraid to play direct football, but it has yet to pay off apart from Ohno’s chance
De Vanna plays a ball through the middle to Simon, who slips but is also stopped by Iwashimizu’s tackle.
8 mins – CLOSE
Kawasumi plays a long through-ball, splitting the Australia defence, and Ohno realises Williams is off her line and tries to lob her – the ball only just goes over. Seconds later Kawasumi tries from long-range, but there was no way that was ever going in. Japan on top at the moment.
Kawasumi puts in a good inswinging cross, but can’t pick out a Japanese player. Both sides have been cagey and given the ball away in these opening minutes.
1 mins – OFFSIDE
Miyama plays a ball forward, Ohno heads Ogimi in, but Ogimi is ruled offside.
Japan kick off.
20:55 – Team News
Australia make two changes with Kyah Simon and Katrina Gorry starting, who had linked up to score Australia’s winner against Brazil. Japan name the same team that beat the Netherlands. Including Ayumi Kaihori, who made a massive goalkeeping error for Netherlands’ goal.
(4-3-3) Lydia Williams, Caitlin Foord, Laura Alleway, Alanna Kennedy, Steph Catley, Katrina Gorry, Elise Kellond-Knight, Emily van Egmond, Lisa de Vanna, Kyah Simon, Samantha Kerr.
(4-4-2) Ayumi Kaihori, Saori Ariyoshi, Azusa Iwashimizu, Saki Kumagai, Aya Sameshima, Nahomi Kawasumi, Mizuho Sakaguchi, Rum Utsugi, Aya Miyama, Shinobu Ohno, Yuki Ogimi.
Welcome to my live-text coverage of Australia vs Japan. Will the holders continue their defence, or will Australia cause another shock. With the winners facing England or Canada, there is a possibility of the Ashes starting early…