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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Japan Women's National Soccer Team News

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July 1, 2015 - Aya Miyama scores in win over England
"Japan secured a place in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup final on Wednesday (local time) as a last gasp own goal from England’s Laura Bassett helped the reigning champions seal a dramatic 2-1 semi-final win. Midfielder Aya Miyama had given Japan the lead from the spot shortly after the half hour mark, an advantage that was wiped out seven minutes later when England’s Fara Williams equalised with the game’s second penalty. With extra-time looming, Bassett diverted the ball into her own net to send Japan through to the final where they will face the USA in a repeat of their historic 2011 title triumph." - AFC

June 27, 2015 - Mana Iwabuchi score sin win over Australia
"Defending champions Japan reached the semi-finals of the Women’s World Cup thanks to an 87th minute goal from substitute Mana Iwabuchi that gave them a 1-0 win over battling Australia on Saturday. There had been little to choose between the two teams in the heat at the Commonwealth Stadium, although Japan carved out the better chances with Shinobu Ohno going close twice in the first half. The Matildas closed down Japan’s midfield superbly, not allowing them to find the fast-passing rhythm that has been typical of their performances in the tournament. The game looked headed for extra-time when the decisive moment came, with a little less than four minutes left. From a corner, Aussie keeper Lydia Williams saved at the feet of Azusa Iwashimizu, but the defender recovered and slipped the ball to 22-year-old Iwabuchi, who fired into an unguarded goal from point-blank range." - Channel News Asia

June 24, 2015 - Saori Ariyoshi & Mizuho Sakaguchi score in win over Netherlands
"A repeat of last year’s AFC Women's Asian Cup final is on the cards at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup after reigning World and Asian champions Japan defeated the Netherlands 2-1 on Tuesday to set up a quarter-final clash with Australia. Saori Ariyoshi opened the scoring ten minutes into the Round of 16 clash at the BC Place Stadium before her NTV Beleza team-mate Mizuho Sakaguchi put further distance between the holders and the tournament debutants with Japan’s second in the 78th minute. Sakaguchi’s goal proved critical with Kristen van den Ven getting on the scoresheet for the Netherlands in second-half stoppage time.... Yuki Ogumi, who had a spell in England with Chelsea Ladies FC before returning to the German Bundesliga where she was top scorer for Postdam in 2013 to join Wolfsburg, saw her header come off the crossbar before Ariyoshi dispatched the ball into the Netherlands goal.... Japan extended their advantage with 12 minutes remaining courtesy of a fine finish from outside the penalty area from Sakaguchi, who would go on to be named the ‘Live Your Goals’ Player of the Match." - AFC

June 16, 2015 - Yuki Ogimi scores in win over Ecuador
"Defending champion Japan became the first team to win all three of its group-stage matches at the Women's World Cup on Tuesday after defeating Ecuador 1-0 at Winnipeg Stadium. Yuki Ogimi scored in the fifth minute for Japan, which secured first place in Group C and a spot in the knock-out stage of the tournament. Ogimi's close-range shot went crossbar and in after the ball had been deflected towards the open net." - Vancouver Sun

June 12, 2015 - Aya Sameshima & Yukia Sugasawa score in win over Cameroon
"Japan confirmed their place in the Round of 16 as the Nadeshiko made it two wins out of two in the defence of their FIFA Women’s World Cup crown on Friday (local time), with first-half goals from Aya Sameshima and Yukia Sugasawa seeing the Asian champions down Cameroon 2-1 in their penultimate Group C fixture.... Japan’s progress to the knockout stage seemed all but certain after the defending champions found themselves two goals to the good with just 17 minutes at the BC Place Stadium gone after Sameshima converted a cross from her INAC Kobe Leonessa team-mate Nahomi Kawasumi with just six minutes gone before Sugasawa headed home the second following a corner kick from two-time AFC Women’s Player of the Year, Aya Miyama, 11 minutes later.... Ajara Nchout, who plays her club football for Western New York Flash in the USA-based NSWL, reduced the deficit in the 90th minute." - AFC

June 8, 2015 - Aya Miyama scores in win over Switzerland
"Aya Miyama scored on a penalty kick in the 29th minute as defending Women's World Cup champion Japan opened with a 1-0 win over newcomer Switzerland in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Monday night. Miyama's penalty, on a low shot to the left side of the goal, came after Swiss goalkeeper Gaelle Thalmann was given a yellow card following a collision with Japan's Kozue Ando inside the box. Yuki Ogimi set up the run by Ando with a chip over the Switzerland defense." - News & Observer

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May 28, 2015 - Yuki Ogami scores in win over Italy
"Japan beat Italy 1-0 on Thursday in their final warm-up game before jetting off to Canada to defend their FIFA Women's World Cup title. German-based striker Yuki Ogimi scored the winner seven minutes into the second half in mountainous Nagano as the home side finally broke through after a frustrating start. It was the Wolfsburg player's 53rd goal in 117 games for her country." - FIFA

May 24, 2015 - Homare Sawa scores in 1-0 win over New Zealand
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May 1, 2015 - roster named for World Cup
  • Goalkeepers: Miho Fukumoto (Yunogo Belle), Ayumi Kaihori (INAC Kobe), Erina Yamane (JEF Chiba) 
  • Defenders: Yukari Kinga (INAC Kobe), Megumi Kamionobe (Albirex Niigata), Azusa Iwashimizu (NTV Beleza), Aya Sameshima (INAC Kobe), Saori Ariyoshi (NTV Beleza), Kana Kitahara (Albirex Niigata), Yuri Kawamura (Vegalta Sendai), Saki Kumagai (Olympique Lyonnais) 
  • Midfielders: Homare Sawa (INAC Kobe), Kozue Ando (1.FFC Frankfurt), Aya Miyama (Yunogo Belle), Nahomi Kawasumi (INAC Kobe), Mizuho Sakaguchi (NTV Beleza), Asuna Tanaka (INAC Kobe), Rumi Utsugi (Montpellier HSC), Asano Nagasato (1.FFC Turbine Potsdam) 
  • Forwards: Shinobu Ohno (INAC Kobe), Yuki Ogimi (VfL Wolfsburg), Yuika Sugasawa (JEF Chiba), Mana Iwabuchi (FC Bayern Munich)
March 11, 2015 - Aya Miyama & Yuki Ogimi score in 2-0 win over Iceland
9th place match of Algarve Cup

March 6, 2015 - Kawamura, Yokoyama & Sugasawa score in win over Portugal
"Kumi Yokoyama marked her senior national team debut with a fabulous second-half strike as women's world champions Japan defeated Portugal 3-0 on Friday to pick up their first win of the tournament at the Algarve Cup. Yuri Kawamura opened the scoring in the 36th minute and Yokoyama added the second from long range before Yuika Sugasawa sealed victory 11 minutes from time in the Group C encounter." - Kyodo News
February 13, 2015 - roster named for Algarve Cup
  • Goalkeepers: Miho Fukumoto (Yunogo), Ayumi Kaihori (Kobe), Erina Yamane (Chiba)
  • Defenders: Yukari Kinga (Kobe), Megumi Kamionobe (Niigata), Azusa Iwashimizu (NTV), Aya Sameshima (Kobe), Saori Ariyoshi (NTV), Yuri Kawamura (Sendai), Kana Osafune (Sendai), Saki Kumagai (Lyon)
  • Midfielders: Kozue Ando (Frankfurt), Aya Miyama (Yunogo), Nahomi Kawasumi (Kobe), Mizuho Sakaguchi (NTV), Asuna Tanaka (Kobe), Rumi Utsugi (Montpellier), Asano Nagasato (Potsdam)
  • Forwards: Shinobu Ohno (Kobe), Yuki Ogimi (Wolfsburg), Yuika Sugasawa (Chiba), Megumi Takase (Kobe)

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