Women's World Cup - Quarter-Finals
Australia Women0Japan Women1

Australia 0-1 Japan

Holders Japan reached the semi-finals of the Women's World Cup with a narrow victory over Australia in Canada.

Mana Iwabuchi was the heroine for Japan, stroking in from close range with three minutes remaining after Azusa Iwashimizu's shot was blocked.

Forward Shinobu Ohno could have broken the deadlock early in the first half, but lobbed an effort over the bar.

Samantha Kerr's tame shot was the closest Australia came against Japan, who play England next.

Despite shocking Brazil in the previous round, Australia were underdogs going into the match, and played much of the game on the back foot on a scorching day in Edmonton.

Alanna Kennedy struck a free-kick wide from 30 yards in the first half, with their best chance falling to midfielder Kerr, who could only roll an effort into the goalkeeper's hands after going in on goal.

But Japan showed how clinical they can be by winning their fifth straight game in the competition by a one-goal margin.

They had more of the possession and made it count late on as Iwabuchi popped up to score the winner after Australia failed to clear a corner.

Australia v Japan
Japan are the only team to have won all five games at the World Cup

Line-ups

Australia Women

  • 1Williams
  • 9Foord
  • 5Alleway
  • 14Kennedy
  • 7Catley
  • 19GorrySubstituted forHeymanat 76'minutes
  • 8Kellond-Knight
  • 10van Egmond
  • 11De VannaSubstituted forCrummerat 67'minutes
  • 17SimonSubstituted forSykesat 89'minutes
  • 20Kerr

Substitutes

  • 2Crummer
  • 3Sykes
  • 4Polkinghorne
  • 6Uzunlar
  • 12Khamis
  • 13Butt
  • 15Polias
  • 16Raso
  • 18Barbieri
  • 21Arnold
  • 22Bolger
  • 23Heyman

Japan Women

  • 18Kaihori
  • 19Ariyoshi
  • 3IwashimizuBooked at 27mins
  • 4Kumagai
  • 5Sameshima
  • 9Kawasumi
  • 6SakaguchiSubstituted forSawaat 90'minutes
  • 13Utsugi
  • 8Miyama
  • 11OhnoSubstituted forIwabuchiat 72'minutes
  • 17Ogimi

Substitutes

  • 1Fukumoto
  • 2Kinga
  • 10Sawa
  • 12Kamionobe
  • 14Tanaka
  • 15Sugasawa
  • 16Iwabuchi
  • 20Kawamura
  • 21Yamane
  • 22Nagasato
  • 23Kitahara
Referee:
Kateryna Monzul
Attendance:
19,814

Match Stats

Home TeamAustralia WomenAway TeamJapan Women
Possession
Home39%
Away61%
Shots
Home8
Away14
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home0
Away8
Fouls
Home8
Away7

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Canada Women31202115
2China Women31113304
3Netherlands Women31112204
4New Zealand Women302123-12

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany Women3210151147
2Norway Women32108267
3Thailand Women3102310-73
4Ivory Coast Women3003316-130

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Japan Women33004139
2Cameroon Women32019366
3Switzerland Women310211473
4Ecuador Women3003117-160

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1USA Women32104137
2Australia Women31114404
3Sweden Women30304403
4Nigeria Women301236-31

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brazil Women33004049
2South Korea Women311145-14
3Costa Rica Women302134-12
4Spain Women301224-21

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1France Women32016246
2England Women32014316
3Colombia Women31114314
4Mexico Women301228-61
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