Friday July 1, 2011 Group Stage: Group B Finished BayArena

Japan (W) 4 - 0 Mexico (W)

  • Sawa 13’, 39’, 80’
  • Ohno 15’

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    • Japan (W)
    • Mexico (W)
    • 90 Thanks for joining us here and we hope to see you back here soonl.
    • 90+3 The referee brings the game to an end as the corner is swung in. Japan thoroughly deserve their convincing win and have qualified for the quarter-final stage. Mexico aren't out of it yet as a win against New Zealand could see them through.
    • 90+2 Iwabuchi finds Kawabuchi in the area but her shot is deflected behind for a corner
    • 90+1 Japan keep coming and it's another cross from Kinga, but Santiago claims it
    • 90' Nagasato should have made it five there. Miyama and Iwabuchi linked up well on the right side and the latter's cross found Nagasato in the middle, she took too many touches though and eventually Santiago closed her out
    • 89' Cross from Miyama found its way through to the back post and Kumagai had a great chance to make it 5-0 but mishit her effort and the ball somehow stayed out
    • 88' Utsugai rifles in an effort from the edge of the area and it's deflected behind for a corner
    • 87' Ocampo tries to add to her collection of screamers but her shot is bravely blocked by Kumagai
    • 86' Iwabuchi got free on the right side of the area but chose to cross instead of shoot and the chance was wasted
    • 85' Sameshima puts in another cross from the left but Miyama's header at the back post is over the bar
    • 84' Robles tries to put in a cross from deep on the right flank but only finds Kaihori
    • 83' Mexico still probing but Ocampo can't quite get on the end of a chipped through ball, she feels she was being blocked off but the referee isn't interested
    • 82' The hat-trick hero Sawa is replaced by Rumi Utsugi
    • 81' Sameshima still looking to push forward from left-back but is eventually blocked off by Garciamendez
    • 80' Mexico come straight down the other end and chip a ball towards Mayor but her header is tame
    • 79' GOAL FOR JAPAN!!! It's a hat-trick for the captain Sawa. Brillisnt work from Kinga who played a one-two with Miyama on her way to making the by-line and Sawa made a clever run across goal, Kinga found her and the skipper swept it home.
    • 78' Final change for Mexico as Teresa Noyola comes on for Veronica Perez
    • 77' Kinga continues to get forward and puts in another cross from the right, it's too close to Santiago though
    • 76' Mayor gets another shot in from range but it's straight at Kaihori
    • 75' Japan seem to have taken their foot off the gas a bit and are giving the ball away far too easily, Kinga the latest culprit
    • 74' Mexico have been in the opposition half far more since the break but they still can't really produce any serious efforts on goal
    • 73' Mayor gets a boot in the face and is down, she should be fine though
    • 71' Kawasumi swings in a cross from the left and Nagasato is there again attempting a diving header, Santiago gets there just in time to avert the danger though
    • 70' Iwabuchi chases down a long ball and forces Garcia to put it out for a throw-in
    • 69' Iwabuchi also replaces Ando for Japan
    • 68' Japan's first substitution as Ohno is replaced by Nahomi Kawasumi
    • 67' The game has become a little scrappy as both teams begin to give the ball away regularly
    • 66' Too close to Santiago who catches well
    • 65' The Japanese full-backs are causing threats as Kinga gets forward again and wins a corner
    • 64' Ocampo again close to getting in as she scampers after a long ball but Kaihori is out quickly and smothers
    • 63' Ocampo tries to turn her marker on the edge of the Japan area but it's well read and cleared
    • 61' Second substitution for Mexico as the frustrated captain Dominguez is replaced with Kenti Robles
    • 60' Japan back on the attack as Sameshima bursts forward from left-back and Nagasato very nearly gets on the end of it with a diving header, she doesn't though and it's cleared
    • 57' The resulting corner is swung-in by Miyama and hits the crossbar, I don't think it was intentional but it was very close to being the fourth goal
    • 56' Nagasato turns brilliantly on the edge of the box and gets a shot in, it's partially blocked but loops over Santiago and the post has to come to her rescue
    • 54' Patient build-up from Japan eventually sees Kinga played in as she bursts into the area from the right a la Carlos Alberto but her shot is wide
    • 52' The Mexicans are in this half much more in the opening minutes, but Japan still look comfortable and Mexico will have to produce something special to really scare them
    • 51' Kinga breaks down the right trying to exploit the new Mexican formation but her cross is poor
    • 50' The resulting corner is well dealt with by the Japanese defence
    • 49' Having said that Mayor produces a good effort from distance that is well saved by Kaihori, but that is all they are limited to really, long-range shots
    • 48' They do seem to be enjoying more possession, but it's all in their own half and they can't hurt Japan
    • 47' Mexico have changed their formation and switched to a flat-back three, hoping to give themselves more weight in midfield, but it could leave them open to concede more goals
    • 46' Half-time substitute for Mexico as Mercado comes on to replace Rangel
    • 45' Mexico kick the centre-half off
    • 45' The referee doesn't prolong Mexico's first half agony for too long and blows for half-time. Japan have completely dominated and deservedly lead by three goals.
    • 44' Mexico enjoying some possession in the Japanese half but the defending is as dogged as ever and they give them no time on the ball at all
    • 43' Nagasato is played in and she calmly rounds the goalkeeper and finishes well but she is flagged offside, the replay shows she was comfortably on though.
    • 42' Ocampo wins a free-kick about thirty yards from the Japanese goal, Garza blasts it in but it's straight at the wall and it's cleared
    • 41' Sakaguchi tries a long range effort and why not at this stage? It's easily kept out by Santiago though
    • 40' These have been Sawa's 76th and 77th international goals
    • 39' GOAL FOR JAPAN!!! After Nagasato won a corner Miyama swung it in to just inside the near post and Sawa was there again to rise above everyone and nod it home. Poor defending, but well executed goal. Game over.
    • 36' The game has really tailed off since the opening quarter of an hour as Japan are happy to sit back and Mexico can't exert any kind of pressure on them
    • 36' The game has really tailed off since the opening quarter of an hour as Japan are happy to sit back and Mexico can't exert any kind of pressure on them
    • 35' Meixco free-kick just inside the Japanese half is pumped into the area but creates nothing and Kaihori claims it
    • 34' Dominguez looking incresingly frustrated as she remonstrates with the referee, it's not the officials fault that she is getting no support though.
    • 33' Hand ball from Nagasato near the half-way line gives Mexico a free-kick
    • 31' Japan comfortably controlling the game now without needing to push forward to energetically
    • 30' Mexico can't get any sustained possession and are too ready to resort to playing it long looking for Dominguez which doesn't look like it's going to work at all
    • 29' Sawa very nearly doubles her tally with another header as Sameshima's cross from the left is wonderfully met in the air, but her effort from ten yards out just curls wide
    • 28' It's a case of three or four defenders dealing with Dominguez at times, an impossible task for the Mexican forward.
    • 27' The corner is poor and easily cleared by Garciamendez
    • 26' Ohno opts to have the corner as Kinga slides her in down the right but the pass is deflected
    • 25' Dominguez finds herself getting on the end of another long ball and tries an early shot from the edge of the area but it goes wide
    • 24' Nagasato gets on the end of a through ball from deep and beats the goalkeeper to it in the edge of the area, Santiago certainly caught the forward but she didn't go down and attempted to centre the ball but couldn't find anyone.
    • 23' Nagasato picks out Ando with a splendid pass across the edge of the penalty box but her touch lets her down and Saucedo clears
    • 21' Dominguez is very isolated upfront for Mexico, another long ball towards her from Saucedo is comfortably dealt with by Kumagai
    • 20' Ando is all energy upfront as she is down in the right corner now chasing another long pass, but this one runs out for a goal-kick
    • 19' Ando chases a long ball down into the corner but it's well dealt with by Garcia
    • 18' Mexico win a free-kick in the centre circle but play it short and lose possession again
    • 16' Japan happy for the pace to slow down a little now as their plan for the start of the game has worked to perfection
    • 15' Mexico in a state of shock to find themselves two goals down so early on
    • 14' GOAL FOR JAPAN!!! It's two almost immediately after the first. Japan were straight back on the attack after the goal and it was Ohno who picked the ball up from Nagasato on the edge of the area. A brilliant flick saw her evade two defenders and then she rifled a bullet of a finish past Santiago.
    • 13' At the other end Dominguez is protesting about a potential back-pass but the referee isn't interested
    • 12 GOAL FOR JAPAN!!! Miyama takes an in-swinging free-kick from the left wing and finds the head of captain Homare Sawa at the back post and she finds the back of the net for a very straight-forward goal.
    • 11' Garza surrenders possession far too easily in the middle of midfield, Mexico can't afford to give the ball away when Japan are keeping it so well
    • 10' Japan have never beaten a CONCACAF team in the world cup, they are dominating early on here though
    • 9' Sameshima the latest to make a forward burst for Japan but they can't quite find the final ball
    • 8' Dangerous looking corner from Miyama but well claimed by the 16-year-old Santiago
    • 7' The first corner of the match goes to Japan as Ando wins it off Saucedo
    • 6' Vinti produces Mexico's first attack from right back finding Dominguez with a clipped ball into the box but her touch takes her away from goal and she's closed out by two defenders
    • 5' Miyama puts in a brilliant cross to find Nagasato, but the forward's touch lets her down and the chance is over thanks to her poor control
    • 4' Dominguez seemed to be away for a second after dispossessing Iwashimizu, but she was immediately set upon by a swarm of Japanese defenders
    • 3' Sawa tries a killer through ball to find Nagasato, but it's a bit ambitious. Japan undoubtedly have the early territorial advantage
    • 2' Japan showing their early intentions as Ando sets off on a jinking run through the heart of the Mexican defence but is eventually blocked off
    • 1' Japan get the game underway
    • 13.55 Today's referee is Christina Pedersen from Norway one of her assistants is also from the Scandanavian country, the other coming from Croatia.
    • 13.50 This is the second match of the tournament to be held at the BayArena in Leverkusen, the first was Sweden's hard-fought 1-0 win over Columbia on Tuesday
    • 13.45 Mexico's Monica Ocampo produced an incredible strike to equalise against England, see her wonder goal here: Mexico v England
    • 13.42 Mexico: Santiago, Garciamendez, Vinti, Garcia, Dominguez, Garza, Rangel, Saucedo, Perez, Ocampo, Mayor. Two changes for Mexico as Veronica Perez and Natalie Garcia replace Guadalupe Worbis and Rubi Sandoval
    • 13.40 The teams are in: Japan: Kaihori, Kinga, Iwashimizu, Kumagai, Sakaguchi, Ando, Miyama, Sawa, Ohno, Sameshima, Nagasato
    • 13.35 Aya Miyama scored a tremendous late free-kick to win the game against New Zealand on Monday. It was her 15th international goal and she will go into this contest full of confidence. Watch the highlights of Japan's opening win here: Japan v New Zealand
    • 13.30 This is Japan's sixth Women's World Cup whereas Mexico are only appearing in their second, could big match experience make the difference this afternoon?
    • 13.25 Both these teams are unbeaten in the tournament so far as Japan edged out New Zealand in their opening encounter, whilst Mexico held England to a 1-1 draw earlier this week.
    • 13.20 The two sides have faced each other seven times previously with Japan winning five, Mexico one and one resulting in a draw, explaining why Japan are strong favourites with the bookies for the match.
    • 13.15 Good afternoon and welcome to our coverage of Japan vs Mexico in Group B of the Women's World Cup in Leverkusen.
  • Summary

    • 43' Nagasato is played in and she calmly rounds the goalkeeper and finishes well but she is flagged offside, the replay shows she was comfortably on though.

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  • Japan (W)

    Manager: Norio Sasaki

  • Mexico (W)

    Manager: Leonardo Cuéllar Rivera

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