The Netherlands reached the women's World Cup quarterfinals for the first time when Lieke Martens's penalty earned them a 2-1 victory over Japan.
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England maintained their perfect Women's World Cup Group D record when Ellen White's double gave them a 2-0 win over Japan on Wednesday.
Ellen White scored both goals in a 2-0 win over Japan, but England, the Group D winners, have left room for improvement after a poor second half.
ana Iwabuchi and Yuika Sugasawa were on the scoresheet as Japan got their women's World Cup campaign back on track with a 2-1 win over Scotland.
Japan's quest to reach a third consecutive women's World Cup final began with a frustrating goalless draw against unheralded Argentina in Paris.
There's an unknown element to the Japanese team in this year's World Cup that could either play in its favor or hurt the team come crunch time.
England rode a trio of first-half goals to a 3-0 victory over Japan to win the SheBelieves Cup on Tuesday at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.
The Matildas have kept alive their Tournament of Nations hopes with a 2-0 victory over their Asian Cup conquerors Japan.
Australia women's coach Alen Stajcic says they are still a long way from Olympics qualification, despite a shock 3-1 opening win over Japan.
Mile Jedinak and Tim Cahill scored as Australia got their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign back on track with a 3-0 win over Kyrgyzstan in Canberra.
Carli Lloyd scored a first-half hat trick as the United States crushed Japan for first its WWC title since 1999.
Japan beat England 2-1 in their semifinal match at the 2015 Women's World Cup as England's Laura Bassett redirected the ball into her own goal.
15 minutes after entering the game, Iwabuchi scored during a scramble in front in the 87th minute to secure a 1-0 victory in the Women's World Cup.
Mizhuo Sakaguchi scored what turned out to be the deciding goal as defending champions Japan held off to beat the Netherlands 2-1 on Tuesday night.
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When plotting out the bracket, it became clear that two of the world's best teams will likely meet early.
Japan beats Ecuador 1-0, tops group with perfect record
Aya Sameshima scored in the 6th minute as defending champion Japan beat Cameroon and secured a berth in the knockout round of the Women's World Cup.
Aya Miyama scored a penalty kick in the 29th minute as defending Women's World Cup champion Japan opened with a 1-0 win over newcomers Switzerland.
Japan will enter this Women's World Cup under the spotlight. How will the squad handle such unfamiliar pressure?