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Jul 2, 2015

Sampson draws strength from defeat, expects strong growth

EDMONTON (Reuters) – England coach Mark Sampson says his team’s march to the last four of the Women’s World Cup, which ended with a heartbreaking loss to Japan in Wednesday’s semi-final, should be the catalyst for major improvements in the game back home.

Laura Bassett’s 92nd minute own goal gifted Japan a 2-1 victory but an emotional Sampson said the first ever appearance for the Lionesses in a semi-final should encourage efforts to improve the sport in England. “What this team have done for the women’s game back home, I know will have a lasting legacy, because the way this team has gone out, as hard as it is, will make them even bigger heroes,” Sampson told reporters.

Jul 2, 2015

England players ‘heartbroken’ after ‘cruel’ loss to Japan

EDMONTON (Reuters) – England left Commonwealth Stadium in a state of shock on Wednesday after an injury time own goal condemned them to a 2-1 Women’s World Cup semi-final loss to Japan.

Laura Bassett’s attempted sliding clearance ricocheted off the underside of the cross-bar and into the goal area in the second minute of injury time after England had struck the bar themselves twice and created a series of good chances in the second half.

Jul 2, 2015

Soccer-England players ‘heartbroken’ after ‘cruel’ loss to Japan

EDMONTON, July 1 (Reuters) – England left Commonwealth Stadium in a state of shock on Wednesday after an injury time own goal condemned them to a 2-1 Women’s World Cup semi-final loss to Japan.

Laura Bassett’s attempted sliding clearance ricocheted off the underside of the cross-bar and into the goal area in the second minute of injury time after England had struck the bar themselves twice and created a series of good chances in the second half.

Jul 2, 2015

Bassett will go home a hero says England coach Sampson

EDMONTON (Reuters) – England coach Mark Sampson said defender Laura Bassett, whose injury time own goal gave Japan a 2-1 win in their World Cup semi-final, would head home as a hero.

Bassett’s attempted sliding clearance, in the second minute of injury time, crashed against the under-side of the bar and over the line to rob England of the chance of a place in the final against the United States.

Jul 2, 2015

Soccer-Bassett will go home a hero says England coach Sampson

EDMONTON, July 1 (Reuters) – England coach Mark Sampson said defender Laura Bassett, whose injury time own goal gave Japan a 2-1 win in their World Cup semi-final, would head home as a hero.

Bassett’s attempted sliding clearance, in the second minute of injury time, crashed against the under-side of the bar and over the line to rob England of the chance of a place in the final against the United States.

Jul 2, 2015

Japan into final after England injury time own goal

EDMONTON (Reuters) – An injury time own goal from England defender Laura Bassett put Japan into the World Cup final with a 2-1 victory on Wednesday, setting up a title rematch with the United States.

The U.S., who lost the 2011 final to the Japan on penalties, booked their ticket to Sunday’s championship game in Vancouver with a 2-0 win over top ranked Germany on Tuesday.

Jul 2, 2015

Soccer-Japan into final after England injury time own goal

EDMONTON, July 1 (Reuters) – An injury time own goal from England defender Laura Bassett put Japan into the World Cup final with a 2-1 victory on Wednesday, setting up a title rematch with the United States.

The U.S., who lost the 2011 final to the Japan on penalties, booked their ticket to Sunday’s championship game in Vancouver with a 2-0 win over top ranked Germany on Tuesday.

Jul 1, 2015

England shrug off Japan coach’s ‘superior’ view

EDMONTON (Reuters) – A bullish Japan coach Norio Sasaki believes his players are technically “superior” to England’s as he ramped up the pressure ahead of their women’s World Cup semi-final on Wednesday.

“I don’t think the players are overconfident but it seems the coach is overconfident,” joked Sasaki, speaking through a translator. “The players as individuals and as a team I hope that they will keep that confidence.

Jul 1, 2015

Soccer-England shrug off Japan coach’s ‘superior’ view

EDMONTON, June 30 (Reuters) – A bullish Japan coach Norio Sasaki believes his players are technically “superior” to England’s as he ramped up the pressure ahead of their women’s World Cup semi-final on Wednesday.

“I don’t think the players are overconfident but it seems the coach is overconfident,” joked Sasaki, speaking through a translator. “The players as individuals and as a team I hope that they will keep that confidence.

Jun 30, 2015

Upstart England try to end Japan’s title defense

EDMONTON (Reuters) – Defending champions Japan are one win away from a return trip to the Women’s World Cup final, and standing in their way is an upbeat England team that beat hosts Canada to reach Wednesday’s semi-final.

While it is no shock to see Japan, who have won their last eight World Cup games dating back to 2011, in the tournament’s last four, England’s rise to the elite of the women’s game has surprised many.

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