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Live Reporting

By Emma Sanders

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  1. Post update

    Saj Chowdhury's match report from that Netherlands victory is on the website so make sure you give that a read.

    The highlights will also be available to watch very shortly.

    There's no World Cup fixtures tomorrow (I know, awful news), but England are back in action on Thursday when they take on Norway for a place in the semi-finals.

    Join me on the live text as well as tuning into BBC One. Kick-off is at 20:00 BST. See you then!

  2. Post update

    The Netherlands' opponents in the quarter-finals will be Italy.

    They beat China 2-0 earlier today with a dominant performance which saw goals from Valentina Giacinti and Aurora Galli.

    You can read the match report on that game here and watch highlights below.

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    Video caption: Giacinti and Galli give Italy a comfortable victory in Montpellier
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    Here is that record-breaking goal for the Netherlands - their fastest at a World Cup.

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    Video caption: A deft touch at the near post from Martens gives Netherlands the advantage.
  4. The best of the stats

    FT: Netherlands 2-1 Japan

    The Netherlands have won each of their four games at the Women’s World Cup, after winning just one of their previous four in the competition (D1, L2).

    Japan suffered just their third defeat in their nine knockout stage games at the Women’s World Cup (W5, D1), after losing to the USA in the 1995 quarter-finals and the 2015 final.

    Both sides scored with their first shot on target of the game.

    Lieke Martens’ opener for the Netherlands, timed at 16 minutes and two seconds, was their fastest-ever goal at a Women’s World Cup.

  5. Post update

    Japan, who have reached the final on the last two occasions, are going home at the last-16 stage.

    Very disappointing for them. But they are a young side. The second youngest in the competition in fact. They have an average age of 24.

    They even admitted before the tournament that the 2020 Tokyo Olympics were their main aim.

  6. Confirmed quarter-finalists

    So there you have it. The Netherlands are into the last eight, where they will meet Italy. Here is the confirmed quarter-final draw.

    Norway v England

    France v USA

    Germany v Sweden

    Italy v the Netherlands

  7. Mertens x2

    FT: Netherlands 2-1 Japan

    Holding your nerve.

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    Video caption: A last-minute spot-kick from Martens wins the game for the Dutch
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    Silvio: Happy for the Netherlands, but I feel for Japan: these girls didn't deserve to lose. They were great, in particular in the second half. Sport can be cruel at times.

    Christopher: Seriously hope the FA choose to disregard the new handball rule this season coming, because if they don't it's going to ruin it. Fans won't tolerate it for long. Mark my words.

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    FT: Netherlands 2-1 Japan

    Two wonderful chances for Japan.

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    Video caption: Sugita comes agonisingly close to a winner as her effort cannons back off the bar

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    Video caption: Hasegawa fires inches wide from a tight angle as Japan press for a winner
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    FT: Netherlands 2-1 Japan

    Dutch captain Sari van Veenendaal played her part. Here is that save she made to deny Emi Nakajima from long-range in the second half.

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    Video caption: Van Veenendal reacts well to keep out Nakajima's fine effort from distance
  11. 'Should not have been a penalty'

    FT: Netherlands 2-1 Japan

    Rachel Brown-Finnis

    Ex-England goalkeeper on BBC Radio 5 Live

    It shouldn't have been a penalty. It hits her on the top of the arm and her arm is in a natural position.

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    FT: Netherlands 2-1 Japan

    A lovely, lovely moment.

    Lyon teammates Shanice van de Sanden and Saki Kumagai - the Japan captain whose handball led to the penalty - are embracing in the centre.

    Kumagai is crying but Van de Sanden speaks words of encouragement and consoles her club teammate.

  13. 'The Dutch were holding on'

    FT: Netherlands 2-1 Japan

    Pat Nevin

    Former Chelsea and Scotland winger on BBC Radio 5 Live

    The Netherlands were second best by a distance. The Japanese were so unlucky and they hit the post, and the cross bar and they were a joy to watch.

    They didn't do anything particularly wrong and the Dutch were holding on by their fingernails.

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    FT: Netherlands 2-1 Japan

    Lieke Martens is understandably thrilled. She's clapped around the back by her teammates.

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    FT: Netherlands 2-1 Japan

    Those Dutch players on the bench charge onto the pitch to celebrate. The Japan players are distraught.

    A few are bent over and others are stood alone, staring into space. They can't believe they have lost. They came so, so close.


    Netherlands 2-1 Japan

    It's all over. The European champions are into the quarter-finals!

    Netherlands 2-1 Japan
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    Steve: If this is sign of things to come in Premier League, time to find another sport to follow.

    Dan: How can that be a penalty? Blasted from 1 yard away. Japan only themselves to blame though. So many good chances.

  18. Post update

    Netherlands 2-1 Japan

    The Dutch players are on their feet on the bench. Shanice van de Sanden has her head in her hands.

    Can they hold on for less than a minute?

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    Netherlands 2-1 Japan

    Japan are not done!!!! It's cross after cross. The Netherlands are clinging on.

  20. 'You cannot hold it between your knees'

    Netherlands 2-1 Japan

    Pat Nevin

    Former Chelsea and Scotland winger on BBC Radio 5 Live

    You cannot hold the ball between your knees. Every true football fan hates it when a penalty decides a football game.