Swedes maintain on in opposition to a Japanese fightback to beat the 2011 champions 2-1 and to arrange a semi-final in opposition to Spain.
Sweden held off a late Japan fightback to succeed in the semi-finals of the Ladies’s World Cup for the fifth time with a 2-1 win at Eden Park, leaving the match with out a former winner within the final 4.
5 days after knocking out four-time champions the USA within the final 16, the Swedes dominated the 2011 champions for many of Friday night to arrange a semi-final in opposition to Spain on the similar stadium on Tuesday.
Defender Amanda Ilestedt gave Sweden the lead together with her fourth objective of the match within the thirty second minute with Filippa Angeldal including the second from the penalty spot simply after the break.
Japan by no means gave up the struggle however Riko Ueki missed a 76th-minute penalty and her fellow substitute Honoka Hayashi’s objective 11 minutes later proved too little, too late as Sweden held agency beneath immense stoppage-time stress to progress.
Japan’s run within the World Cup ended with 15 objectives, greater than any group left within the match. Hinata Miyazawa completed with 5 of these objectives to steer the Golden Boot race, matching the group report set by Homare Sawa in Japan’s 2011 title run.
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