Japan Defeats Two-Time Defending Champion and Tournament Host Germany to Advance to Women’s World Cup Semifinals for First Time

Maruyama Goal
Maruyama Goal Celebration
Karina Maruyama (#18)’s goal and the subsequent celebration. Photos courtesy of the Associated Press.

Japan Defeats Two-Time Defending Champion and Tournament Host Germany to Advance to Women’s World Cup Semifinals for First Time
Yomiuri Shimbun: なでしこ、ドイツ破り初の4強…W杯準々決勝
July 10, 2011, 6:17 AM

In a Women’s World Cup quarterfinal match on the night of July 9th in host country Germany (before daybreak on the morning of the 10th in Japan), Japan scored a goal at the end of extra time to eliminate two-time defending champion German team from the tournament 1-0 and advance to the semifinals for the first time ever.

The Nadeshiko (the team’s nickname, literally the Japanese name for the Large Pink flower and metaphorically a term for the “personification of an ideal Japanese woman” (or in this case “women”)) had the same stamina they displayed in their first three games. Neither team gave in during the first 90 minutes, which ended 0-0. In the second half of extra time, in the 108th minute, substitute Karina Maruyama from Chiba scored the first goal. After that, Japan worked hard on defense to protect its lead.

The country’s previous best result in the tournament was a quarterfinal appearance in the 1995 Women’s World Cup in Sweden. (The men’s team’s best result was a quarterfinal appearance in last year’s World Cup.)

The team’s next game will be a semifinal match July 13, 8:45 PM German Time (July 14, 3:45 AM Japan Time). It will face the winner of the Sweden-Australia quarterfinal to be played today.

These were the Japanese players and their respective clubs:

GK: Kaihori Umihori (INAC Kobe)
DF: Yukari Kinga (INAC), Saki Kumagai (Urawa), Azusa Iwashimizu (NTV), Aya Sameshima (Boston)
MF: Homare Sawa (INAC), Mizuho Sakaguchi (Niigata), Aya Miyama (Okayama Yunogo), Shinobu Ohno (INAC) (replaced by Mana Iwabuchi of NTV in the 65th minute, who was subsequently replaced by Rumi Utsugi of Montpellier in the 116th minute)
FW: Yuki Nagasato (Potsdam) (replaced by Karina Maruyama of Chiba in the 46th minute), Kozue Ando (Duisburg)

Winning Goalscorer Maruyama Says “We Have Our Eyes on the Prize”
決勝ゴールの丸山「優勝目指して頑張る」
July 10, 6:28 AM

Karina Maruyama, who scored the winning goal in Japan’s quarterfinal victory over Germany in the Women’s World Cup, said “I’m incredibly happy. We did our best because everyone is supporting us so much. We all scored this goal together. We have our eyes on the prize, and you’re going to keep working,” she said excitedly in an interview.

Coach Sasaki praised her players like so: “The Nadeshiko were amazing. They fought and they fought…they truly played well. All of our feelings were behind that goal.”

Original/原稿:
なでしこ、ドイツ破り初の4強…W杯準々決勝

先制ゴールを決めて喜ぶ丸山(18)と日本選手ら=AP
延長後半、先制ゴールを決めた丸山=AP

 サッカー女子のワールドカップ(W杯)ドイツ大会は9日夜(日本時間10日未明)、ウォルフスブルクで準々決勝の日本―ドイツが行われ、日本が延長の末に1―0で3連覇を狙ったドイツを破り、初の4強進出を果たした

 日本は過去3戦と同じスタメン。両チーム譲らず90分を終えて0―0。日本は延長後半の108分、途中出場の丸山(千葉)のゴールで先制。その後も体を張った守備で、リードを守りきった。

 日本の過去最高成績は、1995年スウェーデン大会のベスト8だった。

 日本の次戦は13日午後8時45分(日本時間14日午前3時45分)からの準決勝。10日に行われる準々決勝のスウェーデン―オーストラリアの勝者と対戦する。

 日本の先発は以下の通り。

 ▽GK 海堀(INAC)

 ▽DF 近賀(INAC)、熊谷(浦和)、岩清水(日テレ)、鮫島(ボストン)

 ▽MF 沢(INAC)、阪口(新潟)、大野(INAC)、宮間(岡山湯郷)

 ▽FW 永里(ポツダム)、安藤(デュイスブルク)
(2011年7月10日06時17分 読売新聞)

決勝ゴールの丸山「優勝目指して頑張る」

 サッカーW杯準々決勝のドイツ戦で日本の決勝ゴールを決めた丸山は「すごいうれしい。みんながすごい応援してくれたので、日本のために頑張りました。チームのみんなで取ったゴール。優勝目指して頑張りたい」と興奮さめやらぬ様子で話した。

 佐々木監督も「なでしこの選手たちはすばらしい。耐えて耐えて…本当によくやった。(決勝ゴールは)みんなの気持ちがこもったゴールだった」と選手たちを絶賛した。
(2011年7月10日06時28分 読売新聞)

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