Women's World Cup: Scotland's Rachel Corsie wary of world-class Japan

Rachel Corsie
Corsie was proud of Scotland's second-half performance against England
Women's World Cup: Japan v Scotland
Venue: Roazhon Park, Rennes Date: Friday, 14 June Kick-off: 14:00 BST
Coverage: Watch on BBC One Scotland & BBC Alba, listen on BBC Radio Scotland, live text commentary on the BBC Sport website & app.

Scotland captain Rachel Corsie says Japan's surprise draw with Argentina could make the former world champions more dangerous opponents on Friday.

Japan, winners in 2011 and runners-up in 2015, were held 0-0 in Paris on Monday.

And Corsie insists it would be "naive" of Scotland, who lost to England on Sunday, to underestimate Asako Takakura's side in Rennes.

"Japan have had a really strong year," said the Utah Royals defender.

"They were at the SheBelieves Cup [this year] playing against the top countries in the world and did exceptionally well, so I think it would be naive to think that tomorrow will be easy.

"They're one of the best teams in the world and they deserve that recognition, you have to respect that."

Corsie, 29, is eager for Scotland to avoid a repeat of their lacklustre first-half performance in the opening 2-1 defeat by England. Shelley Kerr's team were two goals down at the break and left themselves too much to do despite Claire Emslie halving the deficit.

"It would have been very easy to back out in that second half and feel the pressure and almost collapse," Corsie said.

"There was no way we were going to let that happen and every single one of those players stepped up to get back into the game - it could be crucial for us and help us get into the next round.

"I think you saw how much we've grown because at the end of the game we were as strong as England were."

Corsie - who has 110 caps and 16 international goals - welcomed news of the 6.1m viewing figures for Scotland's first Women's World Cup appearance.

"As players, we work really hard to raise the profile of the game," she said.

"We're always pushing to set new standards, create different boundaries and it's been really special to enjoy the reception and the support."

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