Iwabuchi’s late goal is a win­ner

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS -


ED­MON­TON, Canada — Mana Iwabuchi scored dur­ing a scram­ble in front of the goal in the 87th minute and de­fend­ing cham­pion Ja­pan beat Aus­tralia, 1-0, on Satur­day in a Women’s World Cup quar­ter­fi­nal game.

The goal came af­ter Ja­pan spent much of the sec­ond half gen­er­at­ing a ma­jor­ity of the pres­sure. Aya Miyama’s cor­ner kick was blocked in the penalty area, but the ball bounced to Azusa Iwashimizu, who got off a hard shot.

The kick was blocked by goal­keeper Ly­dia Wil­liams and the ball squirted to the left, where Iwabuchi kicked it into the open side. Iwabuchi had re­placed Shi­nobu Ohno in the 72nd minute.

Ja­pan will face Eng­land in a semi­fi­nal matchup Wed­nes­day in Ed­mon­ton.

Aus­tralia was elim­i­nated af­ter mak­ing its deep­est run in a World Cup.

Ja­pan fi­nally wore down Aus­tralia in the sec­ond half.

In the 77th minute, Saori Ariyoshi broke free up the mid­dle only to have her shot blocked by Elise Kel­londKnight.

Ja­pan had the best scor­ing op­por­tu­nity of the first half, in the 22nd minute off a turnover.

Na­homi Kawa­sumi burst free up the right wing and threaded a pass into the penalty area, where Ohno punched the ball just over the open right side of the goal.

Ja­pan is 4-0-1 in its last five games with Aus­tralia.

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