Women's World Cup: Japan 2-1 England

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England were knocked out of the Women's World Cup in heartbreaking fashion as Laura Bassett's injury-time own goal sent holders Japan into Sunday's final.

The Lionesses were attempting to reach their first World Cup final and they were on course to take the reigning champions to extra time after Fara Williams's penalty cancelled out Aya Miyama's spot-kick.

But in the second minute of stoppage time, Bassett diverted a cross over goalkeeper Karen Bardsley's head scoring an own goal.

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Japan can now defend the title against the side they beat in the final in 2011

There was barely time for England to respond and defender Bassett burst into tears at the final whistle as her team-mates sunk to the turf.

After making history by reaching the semi-finals for the first time, the way England lost was cruel on Mark Sampson's side, who missed three good chances around the hour mark.

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Japan now prepare to face United States in a repeat of the 2011 final, which the Japanese won on penalties.

England, meanwhile, will face Germany in Saturday's third-place play-off.