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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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  1. 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.

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    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?

  3. "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."

  4. "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."

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    Australia 0-1 Japan

  6. 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.

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    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.

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    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.

  9. GOAL

    Australia 0-1 Japan - Mana Iwabuchi

    Japan celebrate

    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.

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    Australia 0-0 Japan

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    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.

  12. SUBSTITUTION

    Australia 0-0 Japan

    Lydia Williams catches the ball from the Wimbledon

    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.

  13. 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.

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    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.

  15. 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.

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    Australia 0-0 Japan

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

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    Australia 0-0 Japan

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    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?

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    Australia 0-0 Japan

    Saori Ariyoshi crosses the ball

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

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    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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    Australia 0-0 Japan

    Elise Kellond-Knight

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

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    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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    Australia 0-0 Japan

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

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    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."

  25. 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.

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    Australia 0-0 Japan

  27. 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%.

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    Australia 0-0 Japan

  29. "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."

  30. "Japan have had more possession"

    Australia 0-0 Japan

    Rachel Brown-Finnis

    Former England goalkeeper on BBC Three

    Australia players take on water

    "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."

  31. 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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Australia 0-0 Japan

    Innovators...

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    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.

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    Australia 0-0 Japan

    Emily van Egmond with possession

    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.

  37. 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.

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    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.

  39. 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.

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    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.

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    Australia 0-0 Japan

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    Australia 0-0 Japan

    BBC Three

    Gilly Flaherty

    Chelsea Ladies defender Gilly Flaherty: "Japan are so solid and so hard to break down. When you win it, you either go for it, or keep the ball. Australia are looking tired at the moment."

  43. CLOSE!

    Australia 0-0 Japan

    Australia carelessly give the ball away - again. Japan pounce and a fine move ends with Shinobu Ohno firing over from close range. Good defending by Laura Alleway to force her opponent wide but it's the world champions who are on top.

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    Australia 0-0 Japan

    This looks promising for Australia.

    Katrina Gorry powers forward deep into Japan territory. But her final pass is poor and a good chance is wasted.

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    Australia 0-0 Japan

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    Australia 0-0 Japan

    Kyah Simon makes a slide tackle

    It's tight and scrappy with few chances - not really surprising considering what is at stake.

    Japan are enjoying plenty of possession but cannot do much with it with the Australian defence on top. We're still awaiting the first serious save of the game.

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    Australia 0-0 Japan

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    Australia 0-0 Japan

    Japan have conceded in their last three games and their defence again looks vulnerable.

    It needs a no-nonsense sliding challenge by Azusa Iwashimizu to deny Australian captain Lisa De Vanna a shot at goal.

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    Australia 0-0 Japan (21:00 BST)

    I have experienced Edmonton. During the 2001 World Athletics Championships it was harshly nicknamed "Deadmonton" by the international media because there was little to do in the evening. It's far from dead now. Lots of noise inside the Commonwealth Stadium with drums being banged by fans.

  50. CLOSE!

    Australia 0-0 Japan

    First serious chance of the game and it falls for Japan.

    Long-serving forward Shinobu Ohno shows great initiative with a first time attempt which flies just over after a long ball is pumped forward.

    That would have been embarrassing for Australian keeper Lydia Williams had that gone in. She was well off her line.

  51. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Sam B: Go on Australia! We all love a good underdog...

    Kazz: Watching #WomensWorldCup Japan v Australia going to be a good match!

    It's not been a bad start, Kazz even though we're awaiting the first serious chance

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    Australia 0-0 Japan

    It's going to be a long game for the Australian defence. Japan have started brightly and Nahomi Kawasumi whips an inviting cross into the danger area but there are no blue shirts on the end of it to divert it over the line.

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    Australia 0-0 Japan

    Lightning start by Japan. Yuki Ogimi is free inside the Australian penalty area and is about to pull the trigger when she is flagged for off side. An early warning from the holders.

  54. KICK-OFF

    Australia 0-0 Japan

    Can the Matildas upset the world champions? The third quarter-final of the 2015 Women's World Cup is under way.

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    Australia v Japan (21:00 BST)

    Plenty of support for both teams. Team photos out of the way, we're almost ready to go...

  56. LINE-UPS

    Australia v Japan (21:00 BST)

    A reminder of the teams...

    Australia XI: Williams, Alleway, Catley, Kellond-Knight, Foord, van-Egmond, De Vanna, Kennedy, Simon, Gorry, Kerr.

    Japan XI: Kaihori, Iwashimizu, Kumagai, Sameshima, Sakaguchi, Miyama, Kawasumi, Ohno, Utsugi, Ogimi, Ariyoshi.

    Referee: Kateryna Monzul (Ukraine)

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    Australia v Japan (21:00 BST)

    It's a scorching summer's day in Edmonton. Here come the teams...

  58. "Australia a threat"

    Australia v Japan (21:00 BST)

    Azusa Iwashimizu

    Japan start favourites against Australia, the lowest ranked team left in the competition, but defender AzusaIwashimizu is expecting a tough match against the Matildas following their win over Brazil in the last round.

    "I think the win over Brazil gave them confidence. That's a threat," added Iwashimizu.

    "But we also made it this far. We've got to be strong-minded at the end. The side who have stronger mindset will win the match, so we don't want to give up on that point."

  59. 'Time to dance'

    Australia v Japan (21:00 BST)

    Australia striker Michelle Heyman cannot wait to get going. 

    Not long to go now, Michelle...

  60. Live on BBC Three

    Australia v Japan (21:00 BST)

    BBC Three

    Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton

    Live coverage of Australia and Japan is coming up on BBC Three at 20:50 BST. The commentary team is Chelsea defender Gilly Flaherty and Nigel Adderley, while Jacqui Oatley is in the studio along with England forward Rachel Yankey and former Everton and England keeper Rachel Brown-Finnis.

    Just click the 'live coverage' tab on this page to watch.

  61. Semi-final lowdown

    Australia v Japan (21:00 BST)

    We already know the identity of the two teams in the first semi-final.

    Superpowers Germany and the United States - who have won four of the previous six World Cup between them - meet in Montreal on Wednesday (00:00 BST).

    The winners of this game face England or Canada in Edmonton on Thursday (00:00 BST). The final is in Vancouver on Monday (00:00 BST).

  62. Cahill's message to the Matildas

    Australia v Japan (21:00 BST)

    Tim Cahill knows all about World Cups. Australia's former Everton forward scored at the 2006, 2010 and 2014 tournaments. 

    Here's his message to the Matildas...

  63. Just like 2011

    Australia v Japan (21:00 BST)

    Eight players who started Japan's 2011 World Cup final win over the United States are in the line-up in Edmonton - keeper Ayumi Kaihori, defenders Azusa Iwashimizu,Saki Kumagai and Aya Sameshima, midfielders Aya Miyama and Nahomi Kawasumi, and forwards Shinobu Ohno.

  64. Team news

    Australia v Japan (21:00 BST)

    Australia v Japan

    Australia make two changes to the side that defeated Brazil in style in Moncton. Sydney FC forward Kyah Simon and Brisbane Roar midfielder Katrina Gorry come in for Tameka Butt and Michelle Heyman.

    Unsurprisingly, Japan are unchanged as they go in search of their fifth straight win of the tournament.

    Australia XI: Williams, Alleway, Catley, Kellond-Knight, Foord, van-Egmond, De Vanna, Kennedy, Simon, Gorry, Kerr.

    Japan XI: Kaihori, Iwashimizu, Kumagai, Sameshima, Sakaguchi, Miyama, Kawasumi, Ohno, Utsugi, Ogimi, Ariyoshi.

  65. Business end of the World Cup

    Australia v Japan (21:00 BST)

    Australia v Japan

    Day 22 of the Women's World Cup.

    All eyes will be on England later as Mark Sampson's Lionesses look to knock hosts Canada out in Vancouver and march into the semi-finals.

    That starts at 00:30 BST, with live text build-up starting on the BBC Sport website from 23:00 BST.

    First up we're in Edmonton where Australia, surprise last-16 winners over Brazil, hope to cause another shock by ending Japan's hopes of defending their world crown.

    Can the Matildas waltz into the semis?

  66. Can anyone stop Japan?

    Japan

    They're the world and Asian champions.

    They are only team to win all their games in Canada.

    They've won their last seven games at a World Cup tournament.

    Can anyone stop the juggernaut that is the Japan women's football team?

    Japan fans