Japan beats Scotland in Women's World Cup

Japan’s World Cup bid back on track after 2-1 win over Scotland

Japan’s World Cup bid back on track after 2-1 win over Scotland

For World Cup debutants Scotland, the result will be less disappointing than the nature of their performance, as they offered little going forward until it was too late, just like in their opening defeat at the hands of England.

But in Nice last weekend, it was very much a different story, with Claire Emslie scoring the only goal of the second period in which Kerr's troops looked every bit capable of upsetting their rivals from south of the Border.

"We've improved massively over the last year-and-a-half and that's because we have a philosophy".

"People might think that that is not the right thing to do but I think it's hugely important for us as a national team to play with a style and a system and a philosophy, and I think we've done that". "What we have to do is concentrate on our own game plan, and be mindful of the strengths that people still pose". It's hugely important as a national team to play with a style and a system. We knew it would be, we tried to set up in a way to stop them and in spells of the game we didn't do that, which sometimes can be understandable because you're playing against world-class players. We have to critique the players, we have to critique ourselves as coaches, because you never learn anything if you don't do that.

"So they will be positive. Iwabuchi was there, and we made it happen", Endo said.

In Le Havre, England followed Italy into the last 16 with a deserved 1-0 victory over Argentina as Jodie Taylor ended her 430-day wait for an global goal.

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A victory would give the them third place in their pool, and four of the six third-placed finishers will join the top two from each group in the next round.

A poor headed clearance by captain Rachel Corsie led to Japan taking the lead midway through the first half as Iwabuchi sent a shot high into the net from the edge of the area, over goalkeeper Lee Alexander but underneath the crossbar.

Scotland responded with a physical approach going forward in the second half and pulled one back through a curling effort from substitute Lana Clelland but Japan held on to the advantage to seal their first win of the tournament.

Kerr had no doubt with regard to the Cuthbert incident that it should have been a penalty.

She added: "There's no point in dwelling on it. It doesn't change anything, we still need to focus on getting a result against Argentina".

"It was a must-win game and, although there were hard moments, we needed to be aggressive and score goals, and that is what we did", said the coach, whose starting line-up featured six players aged 23 or under, including 19-year-old Jun Endo.

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