Thursday, 8th September 2011
In Japan Sports News, Sports,
Japan qualify for Olympic soccer
The Japanese women's football team has qualified for the Olympics following a 1-1 draw with North Korea.
The result between Australia and China today (September 8th) determined whether they were first to qualify, with Australia taking a 1-0 victory.
In their game against North Korea, Japan's Yuki Nagasato took the first goal, which was later equalised by a strike from Kim Jo Ran just two minutes into the second half.
Norio Sasaki, coach of Japan, told the Mainichi Daily: "We allowed the late equaliser after some mistakes, and we can't do anything about what happened.
"The good thing was that we scored from limited chances. We have just got to regroup and play well in our next match."
It has yet to be determined who will take the second Asian spot at the London Games.
Early this year, the women's team took the World Cup champions title in Germany.
Posted by Mark Smith