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.”





(2011年7月14日14時08分 読売新聞)





(2011年7月14日11時02分 読売新聞)

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