Host team sent pack­ing by Eng­land’s early goals

The Washington Post Sunday - - COMMENTARY | SOCCER - are very close,” Sasaki said through a trans­la­tor. “And it didn’t take her too long as far as she’s con­cerned.” The fourth-ranked Ja­panese will stay in Ed­mon­ton, where they will play Eng­land in the semi­fi­nals Wed­nes­day. Pa­tience and fresh legs paid off

Jodie Tay­lor and Lucy Bronze scored in the shock­ing first 14 min­utes as Eng­land elim­i­nated Canada from its home World Cup with a 2-1 vic­tory in the quar­ter­fi­nals Satur­day in Van­cou­ver.

The Lionesses over­came a fren­zied Cana­dian crowd at BC Place and a sec­ond-half goal­keeper change to se­cure their na­tion’s first trip to the semi­fi­nals.

Eng­land crushed the hopes of a host na­tion hop­ing to celebrate Canada’s first World Cup ti­tle on this same field next month.

In­stead, Eng­land will face de­fend­ing cham­pion Ja­pan in the semi­fi­nals in Ed­mon­ton on Wed­nes­day — which also hap­pens to be Canada Day.

Chris­tine Sin­clair scored in the 42nd minute for Canada, which had given up just one goal in the tour­na­ment be­fore giv­ing up two more just three min­utes apart.

Af­ter Tay­lor scored the opener on a hor­ri­ble turnover by Lau­ren Ses­sel­mann, Bronze added an im­pres­sive long header to build a lead that Eng­land never re­lin­quished.

Although Sin­clair got one back be­fore half­time, Canada strug­gled to gen­er­ate many good chances in the wan­ing min­utes of the score­less sec­ond half. The drought slowly crushed the crowd of 54,027, most wear­ing red and sup­port­ing their plucky, de­fense-minded team.

JA­PAN 1, AUS­TRALIA 0: Ja­panese Coach No­rio Sasaki couldn’t re­sist mak­ing a joke at Mana Iwabuchi’s ex­pense when ex­plain­ing his de­ci­sion to sub­sti­tute the for­ward dur­ing the sec­ond half against Aus­tralia.

Iwabuchi, Sasaki said with a laugh, went from “not yet” to right now.

Some 15 min­utes af­ter en­ter­ing the game, Iwabuchi scored dur­ing a scram­ble in front of the goal in the 87th minute in the quar­ter­fi­nals in Ed­mon­ton.

“Her first name is Mana. And in Ja­panese, ‘Not yet, not yet,’ would be ‘mada,’ so [the words]

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