Semi-finals - 13/07/2011 - 20:45CET (20:45 local time) - Commerzbank Arena - Frankfurt am Main
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Kawasumi double takes Japan into final

Published: Wednesday 13 July 2011, 22.55CET
Japan 3-1 Sweden
Japan rallied from behind to overcome Sweden and reach the FIFA Women's World Cup final for the first time with a sublime team performance.

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Goals scored3
 
1
Attempts on target5
 
2
Attempts off target4
 
1
Corners8
 
2
Fouls committed2
 
9
Yellow cards0
1
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Wednesday 13 July 2011, 22.55CET

Kawasumi double takes Japan into final

Japan 3-1 Sweden
Japan rallied from behind to overcome Sweden and reach the FIFA Women's World Cup final for the first time with a sublime team performance.

Japan rallied from a goal down to overcome Sweden and reach the FIFA Women's World Cup final for the first time with a sublime team performance in Frankfurt.

Sweden made the perfect start when Josefine Öqvist gave her side the lead after ten minutes, but thereafter Japan dominated the match and responded with two Nahomi Kawasumi goals either side of Homare Sawa's header.

Though Japan had started brightly with Sawa, Aya Sameshima and Shinobu Ohno instrumental in some neat passing moves, Sweden took advantage of a sloppy pass by Sawa, Öqvist intercepting the ball before racing into the area to clip an angled shot past Ayumi Kaihori.

Undeterred, Norio Sasaki's side reacted well, equalising within ten minutes from a sweeping move involving Mizuho Sakaguchi and Aya Miyama, which was concluded from close range by Kawasumi. Both teams had scored from their only shots at goal, but it was Japan who took control of the midfield, weaving smart passing patterns together.

Ohno was playing well and was unfortunate not to open the second period with a goal when her ambitious half-volley from 30 metres hit the bar. However, Japan continued to swarm and deservedly took the lead just before the hour when Sawa popped up in the right place at the right time to head in her fourth goal of these finals, after Kozue Ando's effort was deflected into her path.

Japan's third goal was a fitting finish to a fine performance, as Hedvig Lindahl was punished for rushing off her line to anticipate a through ball by Kawasumi, who controlled the clearance with one touch, and sent a pinpoint lob into the net from fully 35 metres with the other.

 

Last updated: 13/07/11 23.23CET

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Lineup

Japan

Japan

Sweden

Sweden

21Ayumi Kaihori (GK)1Hedvig Lindahl (GK)
2Yukari Kinga2Charlotte Rohlin (C)
3Azusa Iwashimizu4Annica Svensson
Yellow Card70
4Saki Kumagai6Sara Thunebro
6Mizuho Sakaguchi7Sara Larsson
7Kozue Ando8Lotta Schelin
8Aya Miyama
Substitution89
14Josefine Öqvist
Goal10
Substitution75
9Nahomi Kawasumi
Goal19
Goal64
Substitution74
15Therese Sjögran
10Homare Sawa (C)
Goal59
16Linda Forsberg
Substitution65
11Shinobu Ohno
Substitution86
17Lisa Dahlkvist
15Aya Sameshima20Marie Hammarström
Substitution69

Substitutes

1Nozomi Yamago (GK)12Kristin Hammarström (GK)
12Miho Fukumoto (GK)21Sofia Lundgren (GK)
5Kyoko Yano3Linda Sembrant
13Rumi Utsugi5Caroline Seger
14Megumi Kamionobe
Substitution89
9Jessica Landström
Substitution69
16Asuna Tanaka10Sofia Jakobsson
Substitution65
17Yuki Nagasato
Substitution74
11Antonia Göransson
Substitution75
18Karina Maruyama13Lina Nilsson
19Megumi Takase
Substitution86
18Nilla Fischer
20Mana Iwabuchi19Madelaine Edlund

Coach

Norio Sasaki (JPN) Thomas Dennerby (SWE)

Referee

Carol Anne Chenard (CAN)

Assistant referees

Rita Munoz (MEX), Mayte Chavez (MEX)

Fourth official

Therese Neguel (CMR)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution

See also

  • Japan

    Next match played Women's World Cup: v United States, 17 July 2011, 5-3
  • Sweden

    Next match played Women's World Cup: v France, 16 July 2011, 2-1
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