Japan will face the USA in a bid to retain their FIFA Women’s World Cup title after an England own goal gave the Japanese an injury time victory in the semi-final. The English had been the surprise package of the World Cup so far after the sixth ranked team in the world had reached their first ever Women’s World Cup semi-final. The BBC reports Laura Bassett’s own goal gave the Japanese victory and left the England defender in tears at the final whistle after goalkeeper Karen Bardsley had been unable to save the ball when it entered the goal from the underside of the crossbar.
LinkedIn wrote that the USA had already booked their spot in the final with a hard fought victory over Germany and were waiting for the victors of this semi-final, which entered injury time with the score tied at 1-1. Japan’s Aya Miyama gave the holder the lead before Fara Williams equalized for England. The deflected own goal in injury time left Bassett in tears and England coach Mark Sampson supporting the Notts County defender in post match interviews.