74 min: Argentina have pulled a objective again in opposition to Scotland, who now best lead Three-1.
England substitution: Carney on, Stanway off after a vibrant efficiency.
73 min: Extra wonky play via England in midfield lets in the ball to come out to Sugasawa, who tries a snapshot from 20 yards. Her low fizzer is stored very easily via Bardsley.
England substitution: Moore on, Walsh off. A excellent determination via Neville, as Walsh’s passing beneath drive used to be ropey.
70 min: England have misplaced their method once more. In the meantime, Scotland are roared right into a Three-Zero lead in opposition to Argentina, with Cuthbert hitting the most recent following objectives via Beattie and Little. If issues keep the similar there, just a preposterous sequence of effects the following day will deny Scotland a spot within the subsequent spherical. Such misfortune couldn’t in all probability befall Scotland footballers, may it?
68 min: Now not for the primary time, Walsh is stuck in ownership simply in entrance of her personal defender. However England rally sufficiently to drive Japan backwards. Nonetheless, Japan are beginning to turn into bothersome to them once more.
66 min: An important, impeccably timed take on via Houghton thwarts Sugasawa as the bogus attempted to wriggle right into a capturing place within the English field.
64 min: Japan half-clear an extended throw-in into their space. Stanway latches directly to it about 25 yards out and tries to go back the bouncing ball into the web. It flies broad of the close to submit.
Japan substitutions: Miura and Sugasawa on, Yokoyama and Kobayashi off
59 min: That’s higher from England! Daly bounds down the appropriate after which spots Bronze bobbing up at the underlap, so she loops a wise move into the full-back’s trail. Bronze curls a pass against the again submit, reasonably in the back of Duggan, who manages to regulate and wrap her foot round a volley. But it surely’s no longer as candy a connection as she would have favored and he or she fires it into the bottom, permitting Yamashita to make any other respectable save to prevent the ball bouncing into the web.
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56 min: Shoddy play via England on the again, as Vivid shonks a move supposed for Bronze instantly out of play. Neville in an instant tells his subs to head heat up: both as a result of he’s about to make a transformation or to a caution to the gamers at the pitch that he doesn’t need this efficiency to slide again into the sloppiness that broke out mid-way during the first 1/2. Their sturdy begin to the second one duration is beginning to fall apart …
54 min: Duggan nicks the ball off the foot of Nakajima simply because the Eastern ahead wound up a shot on the fringe of the English field.
52 min: Stanway does nicely to nick the ball off Shimizu broad at the left as Japan attempted to play their method out from the again. That’s symptomatic of the development in England for the reason that smash: they have got been a lot sharper and extra forceful, pushing Japan again and refusing to allow them to in finding any more or less passing groove.
50 min: Scotland have long gone 2-Zero up in opposition to Argentina due to a objective via Beattie. That does an influence of excellent to their hopes of achieving the knockout levels as one of the crucial very best third-placed international locations.
49 min: Daly dances in from the appropriate as England proceed to dominate. Her pass provokes havoc within the field, and Japan are sooner or later greatful to get the ball out for a nook.
47 min: England have began the second one duration as though suggested to be extra assertive. Their passing is crisper and their operating useful and robust. Japan are beginning to creak …
46 min: All set for Act II. No adjustments via all sides all through the smash.
Part-time: Japan Zero-1 England
England are heading in the right direction for most sensible spot within the workforce due to White’s well-taken objective, which used to be nicely created via Stanway. They’ve had probabilities to extend their leads however been denied via wonderful goalkeeping; however they had been had been frightened because the 1/2 stepped forward via the way in which Japan began to outplay them with snappy passing, albeit with out growing clean probabilities. There’s various paintings to be performed but…
43 min: Scott’s holds off her marketplace as she receives a throw-in at the proper after which hooks a pass into the center. However the goalkeeper steps out to say it.
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41 min: Every other intricate transfer via Japan peters out as they close to the English field, with Yokoyama poking a feeble effort method broad from 20 yards.
39 min: Japan have won the upperhand within the ultimate 10 mins or so due to their zippy passing however they’ve but to create a actually clean likelihood to equalise.
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37 min: After extra deft probing via Japan, Sameshima tries to modify play with an extended move excessive of Stokes for Kobayashi. But it surely’s fractionally overhit.
35 min: England relieve the drive with a wonderful lengthy move excessive from the again. Daly outmuscles Sameshima to get to it and tries to fireside into the web from the brink of the field, however Yamashita makes any other respectable save!
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33 min: Daly makes excellent flooring down the appropriate prior to enjoying in Scott, whose pass at the run is miscued.
32 min: Nakajima rolls a brief, disguised freekick to Yokoyama, who tries to curve the ball into the web from over 25 yards. Her execution does no longer fit her ambition.
30 min: Japan are beginning to win nearly all of duels in midfield. Stanway is the most recent to be stuck out. England want to sharpen up within the heart.
28 min: England are stuck in ownership in midfield. Sugita seems temporarily for Iwabuchi, creating a run into the field. However Bardsley steps off her line to say the incoming move.
25 min: Neat play via Japan down the appropriate prior to Stokes intervenes, placing a pass via Kobayashi out for a nook. Bit it involves nought, as Japan are penalised for a nasty within the field because the ball is available in.
23 min: England sweep ahead after finishing a bitty Eastern assault. Daly fees down the appropriate prior to sending in a pleasing pass against White, who tries to flick it goalwards. It drops a number of yards broad of the a ways submit.
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20 min: Scotland have boosted their probabilities of taking 0.33 position on this workforce via taking the lead in opposition to Argentina due to a objective via Little.
19 min: Stanway fires off a vicious shot from 20 yards, forcing a very good one-handed save from the goalkeeper, on the expense of any other nook for England. That actually used to be a excellent prevent via Yamashita as a result of she needed to alter because the ball swirled within the air. And Stanway is having a stormer thus far, too.
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17 min: England are enjoying with swagger now. Scott tries to most sensible off a duration of expansive play with a cracking force from 25 yards, which is put out for a nook.
GOAL! Japan Zero-1 England (White 14)
Stanway makes a good looking flip mid-way throughout the Eastern 1/2 after which, whilst sliding, slips a canny move via to White, who latches directly to it at the left-hand aspect aspect of the field and coolly slots it previous the advancing goalkeeper. A very best option to open the scoring!
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13 min: Duggan’s unhealthy supply reasons issues for Japan however they sooner or later scramble it out for any other nook. This one is overhit.
12 min: Stanway wins the ball in opposing territory as Japan are stuck looking to play their method out. She exchanges passes with Daly after which unloads a shot from 25 yards. It takes a nick on its method broad, giving England a nook.
10 min: Japan are glad to let England knock it across the again, however as soon as the Lionesses attempt to advance up the pitch they in finding the going a lot more difficult.
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eight min: Freekick to Japan mid-way throughout the English 1/2. Yokoyama traces it up as though she’s going to shoot … and he or she unleashes a swirling good looks! Bardsley hurls herself throughout her objective and will get each fingers to it, pushing it out for a nook. Terrific shot and save!
eight min: White collects an extended throw-in on the fringe of the Eastern six-yard field and tries to bustle her method right into a capturing place, however 3 defenders prevents her from turning.
6 min: Unfastened play via Walsh within the English 1/2 cedes ownership to Japan, who pass in fast for the tried kill. However Yokoyama skies her shot from the brink of the realm.
four min: Stokes does nicely to win again ownership for England within the opposing 1/2 after Iwabuchi threatened to release a counter-attack.
2 min: England stroke the ball across the again for roughly a minute. Japan aren’t too troubled about urgent. This isn’t a get started that may be described as pressing.
1 min: We now have kickoff! Japan get the sport going and in an instant start zipping the ball round with their normal precision … for roughly 15 seconds, whereupon England get a throw-in.
The anthems having been solemnly sung, it’s just about time for the motion…
AC/DC’s Shook Me ALl Night time Lengthy has been changed via an excitable PA announcer, who tells the group that the groups are about to go into the pitch. And right here they arrive, stuffed with smiles and comfy vibes! The group has swelled too, so the stadium in Great seems to be round half-full.
In as of late’s different recreation on this workforce, Scotland are taking over Argentina with a possible path to the knockout levels up for grabs via dint of completing as one of the crucial very best 0.33 position groups. Here’s the lineup that Shelley Kerr has long gone for:
Scotland: Alexander, Smith, Corsie, Beattie, Docherty, Evans, Little, Crichton, Weir, Emslie, Cuthbert.
It looks as if this duel for most sensible spot/2d spot has no longer precisely gripped the locals: the stadium seems to be a few quarter complete. Thoughts you, the stadium in Great is difficult to get to – the shipping hyperlinks are frankly garbage – so possibly there were delays and and there’ll be an inflow within the 30 mins prior to kickoff.
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Toni Duggan is at the pitch warming up with the remainder of her teammates. In a pre-recorded interview with BBC she says she’s been inspired via the staff’s performances thus far. “There’s much more to come back thus far however thus far it’s been activity performed. Two video games, two wins, and excellent performances as nicely in opposition to excellent groups … The ladies have treated it so nicely.” Referring to Japan she says “they’re a really perfect staff … they’re actually excellent at the ball, technically very proficient. It’s going to be very tricky however I really like enjoying in opposition to Japan.”
In spite of everything his courageous speak about fielding his very best tea within the healthy pursuit of a victory, Phil Neville has jazzed up his lineup and not using a fewer than 8 adjustments. Notabe some of the freshmen is Toni Duggan, who’ll make her first look of the match after convalescing from harm. Japan have made simply two adjustments.
Japan: Yamashita; Shimizu, Kumagai, Ichise, Sameshima; Kobayashi, Nakajima, Sugita, Endo; Yokoyama, Shimizu
England: Bardsley; Bronze, Houghton, Vivid, Stokes; Walsh, Scott; Daly, Duggan, Stanway; White
Referee: C Umpierrez (Uruguay)
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Hi and welcome to the decisive fit in Crew D. We’re confident there shall be no jiggery pokery right here, because the managers of England and Japan say their groups are hellbent on victory even supposing failure to win may imply an more straightforward trail to the general. Sure, successful this workforce may end up moderately Pyrrhic, as it will lead to dealing with France or the US within the semi-finals, while completing runners-up may eliminate any such showdown till the general. However such calculations don’t seem to be value living on for Phil Neville, who says his staff are all about looking to beating whomever they arrive up in opposition to – in different phrases, even though a draw may do for them right here, enjoying for a draw simply is not going to do. But even so, what a spice up it could be to England to avenge that painful semi-final defeat of 4 years in the past, when Japan prevailed 2-1. So then: Carry. It. On!
Kick-off: 8pm BST, 4am Japan, 9pm native.
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