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85'
S. Takarada
J. Endo
84'
K. Carney
Assist
84'
E. White
Goal
83'
N. Parris
T. Duggan
74'
K. Carney
G. Stanway
72'
J. Moore
K. Walsh
62'
N. Miura
R. Kobayashi
61'
Y. Sugasawa
K. Yokoyama
Kick Off
14'
G. Stanway
Assist
14'
E. White
Goal
Kick Off
3
0
3
0

Stats

Possession
% %
11
4
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 4 6
Total Passes 500 541

Commentary

That's all from us tonight folks, we hope you enjoyed the game!
England finish top of Group D, with Japan second on four points. Meanwhile Scotland drew 3-3 with Argentina in the other game, after a late VAR penalty decision, so Scotland are eliminated.
England beat Japan 2-0 to make it three wins out of three in Group D, thanks to a brace from White. They led 1-0 at the break and Japan came out fighting in the second half, they created more chances and pushed England back for large periods. Bardsley was called into action more often, especially after Sugasawa came on as the striker had numerous goalscoring opportunities. However, England stayed in the game and White took her chance late on, firing England 2-0 up on 84 minutes.
90' + 4' FULL-TIME: JAPAN 0-2 ENGLAND
90' + 2' Japan are still pressing forward, but since the second England goal went in, they have dropped the pace of their game and England look comfortable.
90' There will be a minimum of four minutes added time played.
89' GREAT SAVE! Bardsley with a superb save to deny Japan a late goal. Sugasawa once again, she gets in behind the England defence, but her shot is too close to Bardsley, who makes a save with her feet and then Houghton gets back to clear the danger from the rebound.
87' Just a few minutes remaining on the clock now, still time for Japan to score which would make it a nervous few final moments.
S. Takarada
J. Endo
Japan
85' Japan make their final change just after the second England goal, with Endo replaced by Takarada.
K. Carney
Assist
England
84' Carney threads it through, showing great vision to pick out the striker who still had a lot to do with the finish.
E. White
Goal
England
84' GOOOAAALLL! England double their lead, it's 2-0! White with her second goal of the game to surely wrap up the win. Carney slots the ball in-between the Japan defence and White races onto it, sliding the ball into the bottom corner.
N. Parris
T. Duggan
England
83' Third and final England substitution, with Duggan coming off and she has been replaced by Parris.
83' CLOSE! Sugasawa has been fantastic since coming onto the pitch for Japan and she goes close once again there! Sameshima with the cross from the left wing and Sugasawa gets to the ball at the near post ahead of Houghton and Bardsley, flicking the ball on, but she puts it just wide of the post.
82' It's been a hectic game in the other game in Group D, as Scotland are beating Argentina 3-2, but had led 3-0 after 70 minutes.
80' England have faced as many shots tonight (nine) as they did in their first two WWC matches combined (7 v Scotland, 2 v Argentina).
78' White has been very isolated for England in this second half, she's had to chase balls up top with very little support.
76' Almost! Sugasawa drifts in between Houghton and Bright, with the two England centre-backs not knowing whereabouts the striker was. However, Sugasawa gets her shot all wrong and the chance goes away.
K. Carney
G. Stanway
England
74' Another England substitution now with Stanway coming off, with Carney replacing her.
73' Good effort! Scott loses the ball in the middle of the pitch and Japan push forward, with Sugasawa finding space on the edge of the box. She drills the ball towards the bottom corner of the net but Bardsley gets down and makes a good save.
J. Moore
K. Walsh
England
72' Here is the England change and it's Walsh who comes off, with Moore her replacement.
70' It looks like England are about to make their first change of the game now, with Moore getting ready on the sidelines in order to try and make the England midfield more solid.
68' You sense that there is another goal in this game and at the moment Japan look the more likely of the two sides to score it. England are getting back in numbers and making it difficult, but it is tiring work.
66' GREAT TACKLE! Houghton with a superb challenge to stop Sugasawa from firing a shot towards goal from deep inside the penalty area. The England skipper timed that to perfection.
64' Victory for England will see them top the group at the Women’s World Cup for only the second time – they also did so in 2011, when they finished first and Japan finished second.
N. Miura
R. Kobayashi
Japan
62' Another Japan change, with Kobayashi coming off the pitch and she has been replaced by Miura.
Y. Sugasawa
K. Yokoyama
Japan
61' Japan make their first substitution with Yokoyama coming off and she has been replaced by Sugasawa.
59' CHANCE! Another superb save by Yamashita to deny England. This time it is Duggan with the opportunity after Bronze whips a terrific ball into the box and Duggan volleys the ball towards the bottom corner. However, the Japan keeper gets across to it and pushes it wide of the post. White just can't get to the rebound in time and Japan eventually manage to clear the danger.
58' Phil Neville might start to think about making some England changes to freshen up the game as they haven't performed as well during the second half so far. Japan are being urged to push forward by their manager and keep England penned inside their own half.
56' Better by England, they are slowing the pace down and just keeping the ball, stringing a few passes together which they had failed to do in the last five minutes.
54' It's all Japan at the moment, with England having to work hard in defence. They just can't keep the ball when they do win it, so Japan are constanly coming straight back at them.
52' Really good tackle by Bronze! Iwabuchi drifts out to the left wing, drives into the box and tries to take on Bronze, but the England right-back keeps her glued on the ball and times her challenge to perfection.
50' Japan are unbeaten in their last five Women’s World Cup group stage matches (W4 D1 L0) since losing 0-2 to England in 2011.
48' Good start to the second half by England, they are keeping the ball well and pushing high up the pitch early on, looking for a second goal that could clinch the victory.
46' The second half is underway!
The pace of the game dropped as the half went on, but England have had the better chances and as it stands they will top Group D with three wins out of three games and Japan will go through as the runners-up.
England lead 1-0 at the break, after White broke the deadlock on 14 minutes with a lovely finish after she was played through on goal by Stanway. The striker then slotted the ball past Yamashita who came rushing off her line to close the angle. Stanway and Daly both went close to extending England's lead, forcing Yamashita into a couple of fantastic saves, who has certainly been the busier of the two keepers. Bardsley was called into action early on, tipping Yokoyama's free-kick onto the post.
45' + 1' HALF-TIME: JAPAN 0-1 ENGLAND
45' There will be a minimum of one minute added time played.
43' England are allowing Japan to keep the ball in the middle of the pitch now, but they are unable to break into the final third and the England defence look pretty comfortable.
41' The England supporters make up much of this crowd here in Nice and they are certainly making their voices heard, as the pace of the game drops towards the end of the half.
39' There's just a few minutes left to play in this first half now, can England extend their lead before the break? Or, will Japan manage to equalise late on?
37' In their last World Cup meeting, Japan beat England 2-1 in a semi-final encounter in Canada in 2015, with Laura Bassett scoring a 92nd minute own goal to gift the Japanese victory.
35' Duggan then goes close from the resulting corner! Once again Japan clear the initial danger but it then falls to Duggan on the edge of the box, who drills her shot well wide of the goal.
34' ENGLAND CHANCE! Daly with a terrific opportunity to double England's lead. The winger races through on goal after a long ball over the top by Walsh and she manages to hold off her marker to power the ball towards the top corner, but Yamashita pulls off a great reaction save to tip the ball over the bar.
33' Japan have been on top for the last 10 minutes or so, keeping England penned back behind the ball and they are starting to push more players forward.
31' Good effort! Japan take a free-kick short, with Yokoyama curling the ball towards goal but Bardsley gathers the ball, she spills the first catch slightly, but controls it on the second attempt before any Japan attackers can capitalise.
29' The news in the other game in Group D is that Scotland are currently 1-0 up against Argentina, after Kim Little breaks the deadlock.
27' Japan win a corner, but after looking at the replays it doesn't come off Stokes last and should be a goal-kick. However, nothing comes of the set piece and the referee pulls Japan up for a foul in the box.
25' Japan look dangerous when they are being allowed to play quick one and two touch football in the England half, who aren't closing them down as quickly as they should be.
23' When scoring the opening goal of a Women’s World Cup match, England have never lost, winning 10 and drawing two of the 12 previous instances the Lionesses have done so.
21' England are just slowing the pace of the game down at the moment, keeping it in their own half and the middle of the pitch, with Japan pressing them high, limiting the time and space.
19' ANOTHER SAVE! England with another chance from the resulting corner. Japan clear the initial ball into the box, but it then falls to Stanway, who powers a curling effort towards goal, which Yamashita has to be alert to and she pulls off another superb stop to deny England a second goal.
18' SAVE! Scott this time with the effort, she drills the ball towards the bottom corner and Yamashita has to make a diving save to tip the ball around the post.
16' Despite England now being 1-0 up, it's been a fairly even game so far with Japan also looking dangerous in attack themselves.
G. Stanway
Assist
England
14' Stanway does brilliantly to hold off her marker and then slot the ball through the Japan defence to White, who produces a fine finish.
E. White
Goal
England
14' GOOOAAALLL! England lead 1-0! White is played through on goal by Stanway and just has the keeper to beat from a tight angle, she shows great composure to slot the ball into the bottom corner. It just had enough pace on it to the beat the Japan defender rushing back to try and clear it off the line.
13' Good effort! Stanway with a good strike for England from the edge of the penalty area, but it takes a deflection and goes wide of the Japan goal and out for a corner.
11' England have won each of their previous four final group stage games at the Women's World Cup - beating Japan 2-0 in this match back in 2011.
9' SAVE! Great save by Bardsley to deny Yokoyama from long-range after Walsh gives away a free-kick around 40 yards out. It didn't look like Yokoyama was going to go for goal, but she did and it almost flew into the top left-hand corner. However, Bardsley manage to tip the ball onto the post and out for a corner.
7' Bronze plays a long throw to White deep inside the box, she holds the ball up and tries to turn her marker, but several Japan defenders quickly surround her. However they can't clear it straight away and it turns into a bit of a scramble in the middle of the penalty area.
5' First shot at goal! Japan with the first chance of the game, with Yokoyama firing the ball towards goal from the edge of the box but she fires it high over the crossbar.
3' Early England possession here, they are keeping the ball well and stretching the Japan midfield by moving the ball quickly out wide. Daly does well down the right wing, she gets a low cross into the box, but Scott just can't quite control the ball and Japan clear the danger.
1' We're underway!
The teams are out on the pitch and the anthems are underway, so kick-off is just a few minutes away! Stay tuned for all of the match action.
Japan make two changes to the team which beat Scotland, with Kobayashi and Yokoyama replacing Miura and Sugasawa. Meanwhile England have made eight changes to the starting XI that faced Argentina, with Duggan making her first start of the tournament after missing the first two games due to injury. Bardsley returns in goal, with Bright and Stokes also coming into the defence. Stanway, Daly, White and Walsh also start.
ENGLAND SUBS: Jade Moore, Nikita Parris, Karen Carney, Jodie Taylor, Carly Telford, Lucy Staniforth, Fran Kirby, Leah Williamson, Beth Mead, Mary Earps, Abbie McManus, Alex Greenwood.
ENGLAND (4-2-3-1): Karen Bardsley; Lucy Bronze, Steph Houghton, Millie Bright, Demi Stokes; Keira Walsh, Jill Scott; Rachel Daly, Toni Duggan, Georgia Stanway; Ellen White.
JAPAN SUBS: Rumi Utsugi, Mizuho Sakaguchi, Yuka Momiki, Yuika Sugasawa, Chika Hirao, Asato Miyagawa, Yui Hasegawa, Moeka Minami, Saori Takarada, Sakiko Ikeda, Shiori Miyake, Narumi Miura.
JAPAN (4-4-2): Ayaka Yamashita; Risa Shimizu, Saki Kumagai, Nana Ichise, Aya Sameshima; Emi Nakajima, Rikako Kobayashi, Hina Sugita, Jun Endo; Kumi Yokoyama, Mana Iwabuchi.
Japan are also through to the knockout stages already, having gained four points from their two games, drawing 0-0 with Argentina then beating Scotland 2-1. If Japan do finish second in the group, they would face Netherlands or Canada.
England will top Group D with a win or draw tonight having won their opening two games, beating Scotland 2-1 and then Argentina 1-0 last time out. They would then face one of the best third placed teams in the next round if they top the group. Their potential opponents are China, Cameroon, New Zealand, Chile or Thailand.
Hello and welcome to our LIVE match commentary of the Group D Women's World Cup clash between Japan and England.
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