Frankfurt Stadion - Frankfurt am Main 13/07/2011 - 20:45CET (20:45 local timelocal)

Semi-finals

Japan - Sweden
3-1
 

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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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Match statistics

Japan
Sweden

3

Goals scored

1

14

Total attempts

4

5

on target

2

4

off target

1

5

blocked

1

0

against woodwork

0

8

Corners

2

4

Offsides

6

0

Yellow cards

1

0

Red Cards

0

2

Fouls committed

9

8

Fouls suffered

1

Lineups

Japan

Japan

Sweden

Sweden

21Kaihori (GK)1Lindahl (GK)
2Kinga2Rohlin (C)
3Iwashimizu4Svensson
70
4Kumagai6Thunebro
6Sakaguchi7S. Larsson
7Ando8Schelin
8Miyama
89
14Öqvist
10
75
9Kawasumi
19
64
74
15Sjögran
10Sawa (C)
59
16Forsberg
65
11Ohno
86
17Dahlkvist
15Sameshima20M. Hammarström
69

Substitutes

1Yamago (GK)12K. Hammarström (GK)
12Fukumoto (GK)21Lundgren (GK)
5Yano3Sembrant
13Utsugi5Seger
14Kamionobe
89
9Landström
69
16Tanaka10Jakobsson
65
17Nagasato
74
11Göransson
75
18Maruyama13Nilsson
19Takase
86
18Fischer
20Iwabuchi19Edlund

Coaches

Norio Sasaki (JPN)
Thomas Dennerby (SWE)

Referee

Carol Anne Chenard (CAN)

Press kits

Standings

  
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: 06/12/13 10.06CET

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