It was heartbreak for the home nation, who eventually succumbed in the second period of extra time, & it took penalties to decide Saturday's other quarter-final in France's favourWomen's World Cup Knockout Stage
Germany 0-1 Japan AET
Japan stunned host nation Germany with an incredible extra-time win to knock the holders out of the Women's World Cup at the quarter-final stage. It is the first time the east Asian country have reached the last four of the tournament.
Unsurprisingly, it was the home side who started brighter, shrugged off an injury to Kim Kulig and almost went ahead through Okoyino Da Mbabi. But she was denied by the outstretched hand of Japanese goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori.
Germany continued to pressurise with Mbabi and skipper Kerstin Garefrekes spurning chances as Japan struggled to settle for most of the first-half; their best opportunity came on the half-hour mark through Yuki Nagasato.
The second-half delivered no breakthrough despite a late German surge in the dying minutes of normal time and extra-time beckoned as the 23,000-strong crowd in Wolfsburg's VW-Arena watched on nervously.
Unfortunately for the home fans, the extra 30 minutes did not bring the desired result. Three minutes into the second period of extra-time, substitute Karina Maruyama latched onto a long ball and found the corner with an accurate finish to break German hearts.
England 1-1 France AET (France won 4-3 on penalties)
After England and France could not be separated after 120 minutes of football that saw a dramatic 88th minute equaliser from Elise Bussaglia cancel out Jill Scott's opener, the French triumphed on penalties following misses from Claire Rafferty and Faye White during the shoot-out.
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