Women's World Cup - Quarter-Finals
Australia0Japan1

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

  • 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

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

Substitutes

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

Match Stats

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

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Canada31202115
2China31113304
3Netherlands31112204
4New Zealand302123-12

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany3210151147
2Norway32108267
3Thailand3102310-73
4Ivory Coast3003316-130

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Japan33004139
2Cameroon32019366
3Switzerland310211473
4Ecuador3003117-160

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1USA32104137
2Australia31114404
3Sweden30304403
4Nigeria301236-31

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Brazil33004049
2South Korea311145-14
3Costa Rica302134-12
4Spain301224-21

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1France32016246
2England32014316
3Colombia31114314
4Mexico301228-61
View full Women's World Cup tables

Top Stories