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Summary

  1. Holders Japan won all four games in Canada
  2. Australia lowest ranked team left
  3. Japan will face England or Canada in semis

Live Reporting

By Neil Johnston

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye

Australia 0-1 Japan

Who next for world champions Japan? England or Canada? We'll know in a few hours time.

Click here for build-up of England's quarter-final on the BBC Sport website. That's all from Edmonton. Thanks for your company.

Australia 0-1 Japan

The last team to beat Japan at a World Cup tournament? England on 5 July 2011 in Augsburg. Anyone fancy a repeat in the semi-finals?

"No Plan B from Australia"

Australia 0-1 Japan

Rachel Brown-Finnis

Former England goalkeeper on BBC Three

"Australia didn't really have a Plan B and Japan did enough to ride out what was a dire game."

"Japan deserved to win"

Australia 0-1 Japan

Rachel Yankey

Former England midfielder

"We thought Japan would come out and tire Australia out. But it was Australia who did that a little in the second half, although Japan deserved to win."

Australia 0-1 Japan

Dammit, was kinda hoping the Aussies might steal that and get Japan out of the way in this tournament. #wwc2015 #bbcfootball

FULL-TIME

Australia 0-1 Japan

Japan were far from their best but the world champions are through to the semi-finals and will face Canada or England for a place in the final.

Australia 0-1 Japan

The Matildas are camped inside Japan's half but they can't carve out an opening. The holders have everyone behind the ball. We're into the final few seconds.

Australia 0-1 Japan

Japan have come alive in the closing stages.

Moments before the goal Yuki Ogimi volleyed just wide.

You have to feel for Australia. They have given the world champions a real scare.

Three minutes of added time.

GOAL

Australia 0-1 Japan - Mana Iwabuchi

Japan celebrate
Reuters

They don't particularly deserve it on their second-half performance but Japan have the lead, substitute Mana Iwabuchi smashing home from close range after Azusa Iwashimizu's goal-bound shot had been blocked.

Australian hearts are broken.

Australia 0-0 Japan

@TheMatildas looking a little out on their feet at the moment. The longer it goes the higher the chances for Japan...#bbcfootball

Australia 0-0 Japan

Australia have a healthy following inside the Commonwealth Stadium. And they're get louder and louder. The Matildas are growing in confidence as holders Japan struggle to break down their opponents. Nine minutes away from extra-time.

SUBSTITUTION

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Lydia Williams catches the ball from the Wimbledon
Reuters

Lydia Williams plucks another Japanese corner out of the air. In to the final 15 minutes of normal time. Extra time is looming as the Matildas send on forward Michelle Heyman for midfielder Katrina Gorry.

It's niggly, scrappy and not great on the eye but it looks like we're heading for another 30 minutes.

SUBSTITUTION

Australia 0-0 Japan

This game has slowed. No sign of real urgency from either side. Japan have made their first change - forward Mana Iwabuchi is on for Shinobu Ohno, who has offered little threat.

Australia 0-0 Japan

One positive for Canada and England ahead of their quarter-final later. They won't fear either Australia or Japan in the semi-finals on this evidence.

SUBSTITUTION

Australia 0-0 Japan

Are we heading for extra time? Australia still think they can do this in 90 minutes. Nineteen-year-old forward Larissa Crummer is on for the experienced Lisa De Vanna who is hobbling. Just over 20 minutes of normal time remaining.

Australia 0-0 Japan

This game is screaming out for one moment of real quality. One moment of composure. No sign of either...yet.

Australia 0-0 Japan

#bbcfootball Japan Australia zzzzzzz 😣

Who's staying up to watch the English girls take on Canada tonight? Japan v Australia has hardly whet the appetite. #bbcfootball

Australia 0-0 Japan

Japan have looked more dangerous throughout and here they come again as Saori Ariyoshi and Aya Miyama combine to carve out an opening which comes to nothing.

How much longer until the breakthrough?

Australia 0-0 Japan

Saori Ariyoshi crosses the ball
Reuters

One hour on the clock. Three shots on target, no goals. Says it all.

Australia 0-0 Japan

Huge chance for Australia.

An error by Mizuho Sakaguchi sends Samantha Kerr clean through. But the 21-year-old hits a tame shot straight at the keeper and the best chance of the game goes begging.

How costly will that prove?

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Elise Kellond-Knight
AP

The heat is getting to both sets of players. This quarter-final is low on quality and high on careless passing.

Australia 0-0 Japan

Japan carrying on from where they left off. They're passing the ball around nicely enough but there's no end product.Rumi Utsugi lifts a hand in apology after a wild cross brings a promising move to an abrupt end.

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Rachel's going for 2-0. I will happily settle for one goal after that first-half!

Australia 0-0 Japan

Rachel Yankey

Former England midfielder

"Hopefully, we will get some goals in the second half. Japan have been wearing Australia down and they will go all out attack now. I am thinking a 2-0 victory for them."

KICK-OFF

Australia 0-0 Japan

Huddles from both teams and we're back under way in sun-drenched Edmonton. Hats, sunglasses, water and sun tan lotion everywhere in the crowd.

Australia 0-0 Japan

I'm expecting @TheMatildas to come out chasing hard & putting pressure on,scoring on the counter then shutting up shop. #bbcfootball

Half-time stats

Australia 0-0 Japan

Nine attempts on goal but only two have been on target. Sums this game up perfectly. Japan bossing possession - 61% to Australia's 39%.

Australia 0-0 Japan

#bbcfootball longer this goes, the more at home Matildas look- long range shot to remind Japan they'll have a game-on in the 2nd half

Australia need to get a hold of possession in the 2nd half, otherwise you think the game might slip away from them #bbcfootball #FIFAWWC

"Australia will tire"

Australia 0-0 Japan

Rachel Yankey

Former England midfielder

"You have to work hard to get the ball off Japan. It will get tiring in the heat for Australia. When you do run at Japan, they will concede free-kicks so you have to make the most of your chances."

"Japan have had more possession"

Australia 0-0 Japan

Rachel Brown-Finnis

Former England goalkeeper on BBC Three

Australia players take on water
Reuters

"It does look boiling out there. It is tiring for any team. Australia are pressing quite a lot and chasing the ball because Japan have had more of it."

HALF-TIME

Australia 0-0 Japan

Not a great game. Australia are losing in terms of possession but the Matildas are very much in this.

Australia 0-0 Japan

Corner to Japan. In a move straight from the training ground, four of their players line up in front of each other on the edge of the area before dispersing in different directions in an attempt to confuse their opponents. They haven't been able to catch Australia out yet.

Australia 0-0 Japan

Japan boss Norio Sasaki looks like a baddie from a Hollywood movie. The 57-year-old, who masterminded the team's World Cup triumph four years ago, is standing in the shade by his dugout wearing a pair of sunglasses and wearing a menacing look.

Australia 0-0 Japan

Innovators...

Loving japans corner tactics absolutely brilliant and original the men should give it a try sometime #bbcfootball

When you're waiting for one Japanese football player and four turn up at once. #bbcfootball #AUSJPN

When you're waiting for one Japanese football player and four turn up at once. #bbcfootball #AUSJPN

Australia 0-0 Japan

Break in play as Stephanie Catley goes down after a challenge. It's a welcome opportunity for both sets of players to take in some fluids.

No 'cooling breaks' here in Canada like the men's World Cup in Brazil last year.

Australia 0-0 Japan

Emily van Egmond with possession
AP

This game is being played in baking conditions but Australia are certainly not slow at getting forward. Their counter-attacks have come to nothing so far, Japan enjoying a whopping 65% of possession.

GREAT SAVE!

Australia 0-0 Japan

At last some serious goalmouth action.

Lydia Williams does well to push Aya Miyama's 20-yard attempt over the bar. From the resulting corner Elise Kellond-Knight does well to hack a loose ball clear before Azusa Iwashimizu can pounce.

Australia 0-0 Japan

Extra-time and penalties will decide this tie if it is all level after 90 minutes. You get the sense that one goal might be enough.

YELLOW CARD

Australia 0-0 Japan

Cynical foul by Azusa Iwashimizu on Samantha Kerr results in the game's first yellow card 30-yards from goal.

There's no rush from Australia to take the free-kick, Alanna Kennedy's curling low attempt fizzing just wide when it is eventually taken.

Australia 0-0 Japan

This game has yet to come alive. A thriller it is not. Japan are content to build patiently from the back and are bossing possession.