Thursday, 7th July 2011
Japan gets a kick-off from England
Japan suffered a 2-0 loss to England on Tuesday in the Women's World Cup ending their group stage success with a loss.
It took less than 15 minutes for Arsenal player Ellen White to strike the back of Japan's net with an impressive chip past the keeper.
Japan's efforts in the second half were further dashed when substitute Rachel Yankey made a swift lob to take England to their two goal victory.
Japanese skipper Homare Sawa expressed disappointment after the game, saying: "We let England dictate the pace in the first half."
Coach Norio Sasaki decided to use the same line-up that had brought his team previous victory in the tournament when they beat New Zealand 2-1 and Mexico by an exceptional 4-0 score.
Despite this, it seems Japan weren't quite on form and Sasaki conceded: "England wanted it more than us and that showed on the day."
He remained hopeful, however, that the team can progress further in the competition, saying: "We will learn from this and try and bounce back."
Japan face Germany in the quarter finals on Saturday 9th July.
Written by Susan