Nadeshiko Defeat Sweden, Will Face USA in Women’s World Cup Final

Nahomi Kawasumi World Cup
Japanese Striker Nahomi Kawasumi after leveling the score in the 19th minute Japan’s Women’s World Cup victory over Sweden. Photo by AP.

Homare Sawa World Cup
Homare Sawa embraced by teammates after scoring the go-ahead goal in the same game. Photo by Reuters.

Nadeshiko Defeat Sweden, Will Face USA in Women’s World Cup Final
Yomiuri Shimbun: なでしこ、決勝は米国と…スウェーデンに快勝
Hayao Komiyama reporting from Frankfurt, Germany July 14, 2011

On July 13, in the second semifinal of the Women’s World Cup in Germany, Japan defeated Sweden 3-1 and advanced to the final for the first time.

Its opponent will be the United States, which defeated France 3-1 in the first semifinal. The match will be played July 17, 8:45 PM German Time, July 18, 3:45 AM Japan Time, in Frankfurt.

Japan gave up a goal in the 10th minute, but Nahomi Kawasumi, a 25-year old player for INAC Kobe who debuted in this tournament, equalized in the 19th minute. After that, the Japanese team pressured its opponents with skillful passing around the field. In the 60th minute, team captain Sawa Homare (32, INAC) scored the go-ahead goal, and Kawasumi added another in the 64th to put the game out of reach.

Former Tokyo Power Player, Current National Team Player Sameshima: Team Dedicates Goals to Disaster Area
Yomiuri Shimbun: 元東電・なでしこ鮫島、被災地を胸にゴール導く
Hayao Komiyama reporting from Frankfurt, Germany

Nadeshiko Japan” advanced to its first Women’s World Cup final with a victory on the night of the 13th German Time (before dawn on the 14th Japan Time).

Current national team defensewoman Aya Sameshima (24), who transferred from Tokyo Power’s club to the Boston Breakers in the United States after the Great Tōhoku Earthquake, puffed her chest and said “We played Nadeshiko football.”

She runs the pitch swinging her arms uchi mata style. Her trot calls to mind a woman in a kimono, but she’s the fastest player on the time. She broke open the Sweden game in the 60th minute with a speedy dribble and sharp pass upfield to midfielder Homare Sawa (32), which lead Sawa to score the winning goal.

Before an outstanding performance in the team’s victory over Germany in the quarterfinals on the 9th, Ms. Sameshima said that the Nadeshiko had all watched a video of the disaster area which moved them in the depths of their hearts: “We on the team have been very fortunate, and we have to give everything we can.”

Original/原稿:
なでしこ、決勝は米国と…スウェーデンに快勝

サッカー女子W杯準決勝、19分に同点ゴールを挙げたFW川澄=AP
サッカー女子W杯準決勝、得点を決め、抱き合ってガッツポーズをとるMF沢=ロイター

【フランクフルト(独)=込山駿】ドイツで行われているサッカーの女子ワールドカップ(W杯)は13日、準決勝2試合が行われ、日本はスウェーデンに3―1で快勝し、初の決勝進出を果たした。

決勝の対戦相手は、準決勝のもう1試合でフランスを3―1で破った米国。決勝は、17日午後8時45分(日本時間18日午前3時45分)からフランクフルトで行われる。

日本は10分に先制を許したものの、19分に今大会初先発の川澄奈穂美(25)(INAC)が同点ゴール。その後は、巧みなパス回しと運動量で相手を圧倒し、60分に主将の沢穂希(ほまれ)(32)(同)が勝ち越し点、64分には川澄がこの日2点目を決め、スウェーデンを突き放した。
(2011年7月14日14時08分 読売新聞)

元東電・なでしこ鮫島、被災地を胸にゴール導く

【フランクフルト(独)=込山駿】サッカーの女子ワールドカップ(W杯)ドイツ大会で13日夜(日本時間14日未明)、初の決勝進出を遂げた日本代表「なでしこジャパン」。

東日本大震災後、日本女子サッカーリーグの東京電力から米国女子プロリーグのボストンに移籍したDF鮫島彩(さめしまあや)選手(24)も「なでしこらしいサッカーができた」と、胸を張った。

手を横に振り、内また加減でピッチを駆ける。和服女性の小走りを思わせるフォームながら、なでしこ屈指の俊足だ。スウェーデンを破った準決勝も、スピードに乗ったドリブル突破を披露。60分にはゴール前へ鋭いパスを送り、MF沢穂希(ほまれ)選手(32)の勝ち越しゴールを導いた。

鮫島選手は、開催国のドイツから殊勲の勝利を挙げた9日の準々決勝の直前、なでしこ全員で見た被災地のビデオ映像に、とりわけ心の奥深くを動かされていた。「運良く生かせてもらっている分、今の自分にできることを全力でやらなければいけない」と。
(2011年7月14日11時02分 読売新聞)

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