Hope Powell’s squad delivered two killer blows to sink Japan. Ellen White breaking free lobbed the ball perfectly over backpedaling Japanese goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori. Then, substitute Rachel Yankey used her speed to get the better off an onrushing Kaihori to flick the ball from an acute angle.
Japan were the more technically proficient team with their measured set pieces and control of the ball but were unable to solve Rachel Bardsley and her dominating performance in goal. Who says athleticism and speed cannot win?
England avoid top ranked Germany and instead face France in the quarterfinals which will not be easy. Japan on the other hand will go up against the defending champions. Should make for some very fascinating clashes.