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Goalkeeping errors prove costly
by Paul Kennedy, July 13th, 2011 7:47PM

TAGS:  japan, sweden, women's world cup


[JAPAN-SWEDEN] After gifting Sweden a goal in the 10th minute, Japan showed their resolve, getting two goals from Nahomi Kawasumi and one from former WUSA and WPS star Homare Sawa to win, 3-1, and advance to the Women's World Cup final for the first time.

Sawa had gifted Sweden its goal when she played a ball straight to Swede Josefine Oqvist, who gave her team the early lead.

But Japan equalized shortly thereafter when Aya Miyama crossed the ball into the penalty area, and Kawasumi nodded it off Oqvist and through the legs of goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl.

Poor goalkeeping by Lindahl was responsible for Japan's next two goals, both scored in the second half.

The Swedish keeper missed a ball played into the penalty area, allowing Sawa to score on a header, and on the third Japanese goal her clearance went straight to Kawasumi, who lobbed the ball into the empty net from 35 yards.

But the Japanese were deserving winners with a 14-4 edge in shots.

July 13 in Frankfurt
Japan 3 Sweden 1. Goals: Kawasumi 19, 64, Sawa 60; Oqvist 10.
Japan -- Kaihori, Kinga, Iwashimizu, Kumagai, Sawa, Miyama (Kamionobe, 89), Sakaguchi, Sameshima, Kawasumi (Nagasato, 74), Ando, Ohno (Takase, 86).
Sweden -- Lindahl, Svensson, Thunebro, Larsson, Rohlin, Dahlqvist, Hammarstrom (Landstrom, 69), Sjogran, Forsberg (Jacobsson, 65), Oqvist (Goransson, 75), Schelin.
Referee: Carol Anna Chenard (Canada).
Att.: 45,434.

  1. Nancy Carr-swaim
    commented on: July 14, 2011 at 8:16 p.m.
    Goalkeeping mistakes can happen to the best of them. However, it is a great thing for Japan to advance to the final game Sunday. What a morale booster for the country! They played a very clean game compared to some of the other teams in the World Cup. I'm very happy for Japan to be their but I will still be rooting for the USA to win!

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