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Netherlands v Japan Live Commentary, 25/06/2019

2 - 1
L. Martens (17)
L. Martens (90 pen)
Y. Hasegawa (43)
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They will now face Italy in the quarter-finals on Sunday, but they will have to play much better in order to progress further. Meanwhile Japan are unable to make it three World Cup finals on the bounce.
Netherlands score a late winner to clinch a 2-1 victory over Japan, despite their opponents dominating the second half. It was 1-1 at the break, after goals from Martens and Hasegawa. Japan had several chances in the second period, striking the woodwork, forcing Van Veenendaal into some great saves and really stretching the Netherlands defence, but they just couldn't find the breakthrough. Netherlands then won a penalty late on after the ball struck the arm of Kumagai as she went to block a shot and the referee pointed to the penalty spot, which Martens converted to send her side through to the quarter-finals.
90' + 4' Japan are throwing everything at Netherlands now, but their opponents have everyone back and are defending brilliantly. Can they hold on for a couple more minutes?
90' + 2' How did they not score? There is a big goalmouth scramble in the Netherlands box, with the ball flying everywhere, blocked shots, legs swinging at the ball and somehow Netherlands manage to keep the ball out of the net. They are then awarded a free-kick for a foul on Van der Gragt.
S. Takarada
M. Iwabuchi
90' + 1' Late Japan substitution with Iwabuchi coming off and she has been replaced by Takarada.
90' There will be a minimum of FIVE minutes added time played.
L. Martens
Penalty Goal
90' GOOOAAALLL! Martens converts from the penalty spot and makes it 2-1! She sends the keeper the wrong way and cooly slides the ball into the bottom right-hand corner of the net. Surely that's the victory secured now!
S. Kumagai
Yellow Card
89' Kumagai is booked for handling the ball in the penalty area.
88' NETHERLANDS PENALTY! The ball strikes the arm of Kumagai as she tries to block Miedema's shot, her arm is away from her body and the ball strikes her outstretched arm. The referee points to the spot straight away and after consulting with VAR, the decision stands.
J. Roord
D. van de Donk
87' Another Netherlands change with Van de Donk coming off, despite having a very good game and she has been replaced by Roord.
K. van Es
M. van Dongen
85' Netherlands make their second substitution Van Dongen coming off and she has been replaced by Van Es.
84' Netherlands are struggling to create anything going forward now, they are having to sit deep and defend as Japan continue to create chances in the final third.
82' It's all Japan now and they go close again! Miura finds space in the penalty area, but she drills the ball high over the crossbar. So many chances for Japan in this second half.
80' SAVE! Fantastic stop by Van Veenendaal to deny Japan! They keep the pressure up following the Sugita chance and work it back into the box, with the ball fall perfectly to Momiki, she tries to place the ball into the bottom corner, but Van Veenendaal makes a great diving save.
79' OFF THE BAR! Another great move by Japan and Sugita gets the ball just inside the penalty area, she drills a shot towards goal, but it strikes the top of the bar and bouncing down and then away from danger.
78' It's very open at the moment, with both teams pushing forward in search of a winning goal and playng much better football.
76' CLOSE! Iwabuchi breaks free in the Netherlands box and should square the ball to a team-mate in a better position, but instead she opts to shoot from a tight angle, firing the ball into the sidenetting.
75' Offside! Sugasawa is played through on goal and appears to only have the keeper to beat, but she takes to long on the ball and Van Lunteren gets back and makes a superb sliding tackle. However, the flag goes up for offside anyway, as Sugasawa made her run slightly too early.
74' Japan have only lost two of their previous eight knockout stage matches at the Women’s World Cup (W5 D1), with both of those defeats coming against USA, in 1995 (quarter-finals) and in the 2015 final.
Y. Momiki
E. Nakajima
72' Japan now make their first change of the game, with Nakajima replaced by Momiki.
71' CLOSE! Hasegawa almost puts Japan ahead! It's excellent link-up play by Japan, with Iwabuchi once again the creator, she gets into the box and then flicks the ball back to Hasegawa, who fires a low shot towards the bottom corner, but it flies just wide of the Netherlands goal.
L. Beerensteyn
S. van de Sanden
68' Here is the first Netherlands substitution, with Van de Sanden coming off after a disappointing performance tonight and she has been replaced by Beerensteyn.
66' It looks like Netherlands are about to make their first change of the game, in an attempt to break through this resilient Japan defence.
64' SAVE! Nakajima cuts inside from the right wing and onto her left-foot, she then tries to curl the ball into the bottom corner, but Van Veenendaal makes a fine save to push the ball around the post and away from danger.
62' Van de Donk has played well for Netherlands, dominating the midfield and she whips a good ball into the box for Van de Sanden, but the winger's header doesn't have enough pace on it to beat Yamashita, who comfortably gathers.
61' We're past the hour mark now and it remains 1-1 between Netherlands and Japan, with few chances in the second half.
59' Netherlands seem to be trying to force the ball forward more than they need to be, they are producing a few sloppy passes in the final third.
57' Decent effort! It's good build-up play with Sugita getting forward down the left wing, holding the ball up for a team-mate as she was isolated at first. Sugasawa then receives the ball on the edge of the penalty area, but she skies the ball high over the crossbar.
55' The last time Japan progressed from the group stages as runners up at a Women’s World Cup tournament, they went on to win the competition (2011). Indeed, the Japanese also finished behind England at that edition in 2011, before beating USA in the final on penalties.
53' Most of Netherlands goals in this tournament have come in the second half, whilst Japan are yet to score in a second half of football. They haven't had any chances at goal so far.
51' Netherlands are dominating these early stages of the second half, keeping the ball well and pressing high up the pitch.
49' SAVE! Spitse gets the ball up and over the wall, it looks to be heading into the bottom corner but Yamashita gets across and makes a strong save, especially as the ball bounced just in front of the keeper, but she pushes it away to safety.
48' Free-kick to Netherlands in a very good position after Iwabuchi clips the heels of Spitse as the midfielder turns. This is a good shooting opportunity.
46' The second half is underway!
This game could go either way now, as Japan have grown into the game and Netherlands have struggled to convert their chances in front of goal, with a couple falling to Miedema. A tight contest.
It's 1-1 at the break between Netherlands and Japan, a fair scoreline to reflect a competitive half of football. Netherlands started the better of the two teams, with Martens breaking the deadlock after 16 minutes, when she flicked the ball on from a low corner. Japan went close a couple of minutes later, with Sugasawa striking the post, before eventually getting their goal late on in the half through Hasegawa, after an excellent move by Japan.
45' + 2' Japan have deserved their equalised, they've played well since going behind and look the stronger of the two sides at the end of the first half.
45' There will be a minimum of three minutes added time played.
44' CHANCE! Miedema with a great chance to put Netherlands ahead again just moments after conceding! The striker finds space inside the Japan penalty area and she just as Yamashita to beat, but she fires the ball straight at the keeper, who makes a great save.
M. Iwabuchi
43' Iwabuchi with the final ball into the path of her team-mate, but it was lovely build-up play in the final third by several players before Iwabuchi got the ball on the edge of the area and fed it through to Hasegawa, who produced a fine finish.
Y. Hasegawa
43' GOOOAAALLL! Hasegawa levels for Japan, it's 1-1! It's lovely one touch football by Japan in the final third and Hasegawa gets in-behind the Netherlands defence, after a superb through ball by Iwabuchi, she then chips the ball over the onrushing Van Veenendaal and into the top corner of the net.
41' Martens’ opener for Netherlands, timed at 16 minutes and two seconds, was their fastest goal ever at a Women’s World Cup.
39' There's not long left on the clock now, can Japan get back into the game before the break? Or, will Netherlands be able to extend their lead? We haven't had any goalscoring chances since Japan's chance 20 minutes ago.
37' Japan are starting to get into their rhythm, just like they did against England in the second half. Netherlands are having to do a lot of chasing the ball at the moment.
35' Lovely ball over the top of the Japan defence by Van de Donk, looking for Van de Sanden, but Yamashita is quickly off her line and manages to gather the ball at the top of her penalty area, just before the Netherlands winger can get a touch on it.
33' Not much is happening at the moment, with both teams struggling to keep the ball, a few too many sloppy passes from both sides, handing it straight back to their opponents.
31' Van de Sanden hasn't had too much joy down the right wing yet, she's not sure whether to run at Sameshima or get early balls into the box, with the left-back defending well so far.
29' Ichise seems to have a problem here, she is clutching her shoulder after a sliding tackle on Van de Sanden. The medical staff are on the pitch and it looks like she will be fine to continue.
27' There is a cracking atmosphere inside the stadium, with a huge amount of Netherlands supporters making the journey for the game.
25' Netherlands and Japan met at this exact stage at the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada, when goals from Saori Ariyoshi and Mizuho Sakaguchi secured a 2-1 victory for the Japanese to send them to the quarter-finals.
23' The pace of the game has dropped in the last few minutes, with both teams trying to keep the ball for a sustained period, it's still Netherlands who look more dangerous in front of goal.
21' Good possession here by Japan, they are keeping the ball well but just can't get near the final third at the moment, with Netherlands looking comfortable, minus that earlier effort that struck the post.
19' OFF THE POST! Japan almost equalise straight away! Sugasawa with a great turn and run to find space just inside the Netherlands box, she then tries to curl the ball into the bottom corner, but it strikes the outside of the post and goes out of play.
S. Spitse
17' Japan have looked vulnerable at set pieces and it's shown already. Spitse with a great low ball into the box, which Martens meets and flicks the ball into the back of the net.
L. Martens
17' GOOOAAALLL! Netherlands lead 1-0, Martens with the goal! Spitse whips a low corner into the box, which Martens flicks on at the near post, it takes a deflection off a Japan defender which wrongfoots the keeper and it rolls over the line, into the back of the net. Great move.
15' Netherlands were one of the five sides to win each of their three group stage games at the 2019 Women’s World Cup alongside USA, Germany, France and England.
13' Stoppage in play here as Nakajima is down on the pitch with a head injury after a collision with Van Dongen. The medical team are on the pitch giving her some treatment.
11' Good break! Martens breaks forward down the left wing and whips a good ball into the box towards Miedema, but it's too high and Japan manage to clear. However, the flag goes up for offside against Martens anyway.
9' This is a better spell of possession for Japan, but it's all in the middle of the pitch as Netherlands are pressing high and not allowing them any time or space on the ball.
7' Netherlands certainly look the more dangerous of the two sides in the opening few minutes of the game, they have Japan penned back inside their own half, with Martens and Van de Sanden both looking lively down the wings.
5' CHANCE! Netherlands with the first opportunity of the game, with Martens doing well down the left wing and whipping a deep cross towards Miedema at the far post, who drills the ball into the ground, but Sameshima makes a superb block to divert it out for a corner.
3' Free-kick to Japan midway into the Netherlands half, after keeping the ball well and then drawing the foul from Spitse. However, they take it short and Netherlands manage to win the ball back and clear the danger.
1' We're underway!
The teams are 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 three changes to the side that suffered a 2-0 defeat against England last time out, with Miura, Hasegawa and Sugasawa all coming into the team.
There is just one change to the Netherlands side who beat Canada in their final group game, with Van der Gragt coming back into the starting XI after recovering from her knee injury that she picked up in the opening game, with Dekker dropping out.
JAPAN SUBS: Rumi Utsugi, Mizuho Sakaguchi, Yuka Momiki, Yuika Sugasawa, Chika Hirao, Asato Miyagawa, Yui Hasegawa, Moeka Minami, Saori Takarada, Sakiko Ikeda, Shiori Miyake, Rikako Kobayashi, Jun Endo, Kumi Yokoyama.
JAPAN (4-4-2): Ayaka Yamashita; Risa Shimizu, Saki Kumagai, Nana Ichise, Aya Sameshima; Emi Nakajima, Narumi Miura, Hina Sugita, Yui Hasegawa; Mana Iwabuchi, Yuika Sugasawa.
NETHERLANDS SUBS: Jill Roord, Liza Van der Most, Lineth Beerensteyn, Loes Geurts, Ellen Jansen, Victoria Pelova, Kika Van Es, Lize Kop, Danique Kerkdijk, Inessa Kaagman, Renate Jansen, Anouk Dekker.
NETHERLANDS (4-3-3): Sari Van Veenendaal; Desiree Van Lunteren, Stefanie Van der Gragt, Dominique Bloodworth, Merel Van Dongen; Jackie Groenen, Sherida Spitse, Danielle Van de Donk; Shanice Van de Sanden, Vivianne Miedema, Lieke Martens.
This is the final last-16 game and the winners tonight will face Italy in the quarter-finals in Valenciennes on Sunday, after they beat China 2-0 in today's earlier game.
Netherlands won all three of their group games to finish top of Group E, beating Canada, Cameroon and New Zealand. Meanwhile Japan finished as the runners-up in Group D behind England, having drawn against Argentina in their opening game, they beat Scotland, but they then lost 2-0 to England in their final match.
Hello and welcome to our LIVE match commentary of the Women's World Cup last-16 match between Netherlands and Japan.