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Japan v Scotland Live Commentary, 6/14/19

2 - 1
M. Iwabuchi (23)
Y. Sugasawa (37 pen)
L. Clelland (88)
Roazhon Park


That's all for today, goodbye!
Japan currently sit top of Group D, with England and Argentina not playing each other until later, and have given themselves a good chance of qualifying for the knockout rounds. Scotland now know that their final group game against Argentina is a must-win if they want to stay in with a chance of reaching the round of 16 as one of the best third-placed teams.
Japan hold on at the very end to earn a 2-1 victory over Scotland. Japan dominated in the first half and took the lead when Iwabuchi fired her shot over Alexander from the edge of the box and into the back of the net. Sugasawa then went down in the box under pressure from Corsie and won a penalty which she confidently converted to double their lead. Scotland improved in the second half and almost scored when Cuthbert's shot bounced back off the post from close range. They did get a consolation through Clelland in the 88th minute when she brilliantly curled her effort over the keeper from outside the box.
90' + 2' GREAT SAVE BY ALEXANDER! When the ball is squared to Sugita on the edge of the box, she opens up her body before hitting the strike on goal. Alexander had come off her line, but she stretched out a hand to reach it and push it out of play.
90' Scotland believe they can get something out of this game now, even as the board goes up to show there will be just two minutes of stoppage time. They're getting the ball upfield at every opportunity, but they haven't found a way past Japan again yet.
L. Clelland
88' CLELLAND PULLS ONE BACK FOR SCOTLAND! A very poor pass from Ichise is played straight to Clelland who is in a lot of space just outside the box. She has time to take a touch before she finds the back of the net with a brilliant long-range strike that gives the keeper no chance. 2-1!
87' Ichise rises well in the box to clear Lauder's cross but her header loops into the air. Weir is waiting on the edge of the area, ready to hit it on the volley, but she takes her eye off it at the last minute and scuffs the chance.
F. Brown
L. Evans
85' Final substitution for Scotland now sees Brown come on to replace Evans.
84' All of the Scotland forward players and the fans are asking for a penalty again after the ball struck Shimizu on the arm in the box. It looked like she reached towards it with her forearm but the referee and VAR saw nothing in it.
83' GOOD SAVE BY YAMASHITA! Cuthbert does really well to keep the ball in the middle of the field again and she plays in Evan on the edge of the box. She has time to take a touch before firing her shot on goal and the goalkeeper gets down really well to make the save and push it wide.
Y. Hasegawa
M. Iwabuchi
82' Another change for Japan now as Hasegawa comes on in place of Iwabuchi, who opened the scoring for her side.
81' Japan are finally able to break out of their own half now after a good spell of pressure from Scotland. They work it upfield to Sameshima, but her cross into the box is poor and Scotland have possession back once again.
79' The Scotland manager and the fans are asking for a penalty after Cuthbert went to ground under pressure from Kumagai. There wasn't a lot in it though and the referee waves the claims away.
78' CUTHBERT HITS THE POST! Scotland have a free-kick near the byline on the right wing and Weir swings the cross deep into the box near the far post. It's crowded there, but nobody clears it and Cuthbert reacts quickest. She fires her shot on goal from close range, but her shot bounces back off the woodwork.
L. Clelland
J. Ross
76' Second roll of the dice for Kerr now as she brings on Clelland in place of Ross.
74' Japan once again work the ball into a good area on the right wing and Shimizu is given the space to put a cross into the box. She's looking for Sugasawa at the far post, but it's overhit and bounces straight out of play.
72' Scotland are getting forward more than before, but instead of putting crosses into the box, they're passing the ball around the edge of it which is making it easier for Japan to win it back.
70' Ross uses her strength to get away from Ichise before pulling away from her to run into the box with it. The flag goes up though as she was just offside when the pass was played.
68' No player has created more chances (4) or attempted more shot (3) than Sugasawa in the game so far.
R. Kobayashi
J. Endo
66' Takakura makes her first change of the game now and brings on Kobayashi to replace Endo.
66' GOOD CHANCE FOR EVANS! Yamashita doesn't get a lot of distance on her clearance from Little's corner and she gives it straight to Evans on the edge of the box. She takes her shot first time before she can be closed down, but her effort sails high over the crossbar.
64' As soon as Scotland get into the final third, the pace of their passing slows down completely which is why they're struggling to find a way through the Japanese back line.
62' Scotland are struggling to get out of their own half as Japan continue to dominate in possession. They are happy to just slow down the pace of the game and knock the ball around in midfield.
C. Emslie
L. Arnot
60' First change of the game is made by Kerr as she brings on Emslie, who scored for Scotland last time out. She comes on in Arnot's place.
58' GREAT SAVE BY ALEXANDER! Scotland were left open in that last attack and Nakajima uses that to her advantage. She cuts back inside when she gets to the edge of the box before curling her shot towards the far post and Alexander gets down well to punch the ball behind.
57' Cuthbert gets away from Sugita with a sudden burst of pace and plays a good throughball to Evans who is running into the box. She's got two defenders around her though and she's dispossessed before she can get a shot away.
55' Beattie doesn't clear her lines and the ball bounces back to Sugasawa in the box. She comes very close to getting on the end of it, but Beattie recovers brilliantly to put it behind and take the chance away.
53' It looks easy for Japan at the minute as they work the ball upfield from the back once again. They get it through to Sugasawa, but she'd just drifted into an offside position and the linesman's flag goes up.
51' Weir cuts inside from the right and takes a shot from the edge of the box when she finds herself in some space. She hits her shot low but there's not a lot of power on it and it's a comfortable save for Yamashita.
50' Scotland are keeping the ball well at the minute and are passing it around with more pace than in the first half. They still haven't been able to get into the final third, but they're forcing Japan to sit back without possession.
48' Japan have made a bright start to this half and have already been causing Scotland some problems. Sugasawa is weaving her way past the defenders but when she tries to lay the ball off to Iwabuchi, Corsie intercepts it and clears the danger.
46' Japan get us back underway for the second half!
Takakura will be much happier with her side's performance today compared to their game against Argentina. Her side look much more comfortable on the ball and have created more chances so she will probably feel that they could go and score more in the second half. As for Kerr, she will want a reaction from her side as they only created two opportunities in the first half. If they can move the ball quicker and get Cuthbert and Little involved more often, then they should be able to find a way back into the match.
Japan dominated for much of the first half and lead Scotland 2-0 at the break. They created a lot of chances from the start but didn't get the breakthrough until the 23rd minute. It was quick build-up play from Japan and Endo squared the ball to Iwabuchi who fired her shot over Alexander and into the back of the net from the edge of the box. Sugasawa then went down in the box after contact from Corsie and won a penalty which she then confidently converted for her side. They could've had a third right at the end of the half, but Sugita's effort rebounded back off the crossbar.
45' + 1' SUGITA HITS THE CROSSBAR! She's caught on her heels as Sugasawa plays the cross to her but does really well to stick out her leg and make contact with the ball. Her shot loops up but she can only watch as it bounces back off the crossbar.
44' Scotland have a free-kick on the left wing and Weir is stood over. She puts her cross into a dangerous position on the edge of the box, but can't pick out any of her team-mates as Ichise clears it for Japan.
42' CUTHBERT COMES CLOSE! Arnot finally finds a way past Shimizu and squares the ball to Cuthbert on the edge of the box. She takes a touch to set herself before firing her shot towards goal. There's not enough dip on the effort though and it is just over the crossbar.
41' Scotland are trying to find a way into the box down the left wing at the minute and Lauder and Arnot are doing really well to hold up the ball as they patiently try to find a way past the Japan defenders.
39' Scotland are keeping the ball well following the restart and they are passing it around with more intent than before. Lauder tries to switch play with a cross-field pass to Evans, but it's overhit and rolls straight out of play.
Y. Sugasawa
Penalty Goal
37' SUGASAWA SCORES THE PENALTY! She confidently steps up the spot and sends the goalkeeper the wrong way as she passes the ball into the back of the net. 2-0 Japan!
R. Corsie
Yellow Card
36' Corsie is shown a yellow card for that challenge on Sugasawa that gave away the penalty.
36' PENALTY TO JAPAN! A long ball over the top isn't dealt with by Scotland and Sugasawa is making a run into the box to get on the end of it. Corsie sees the run and just drags her back by her shirt. She went down quite easily, but the referee is quickly across and is in no doubt as she points to the spot.
35' Endo puts another good cross into the box for Japan and Sugasawa rises in the middle to try and meet it. Alexander is quickly off her line though and she reaches it first.
33' Scotland are struggling to get on the ball at the minute as Japan continue to dominate in possession. They just can't get close to them and Japan are getting into some dangerous positions.
31' OFF THE LINE! Scotland don't clear their lines properly and Miura reaches the ball before Alexander to keep the chance alive for Japan. Her pass finds Kumagai and her header is cleared off the line by Little.
29' Iwabuchi has scored her second World Cup goal in her 12th appearance and her first start in the competition.
27' GREAT CHANCE FOR JAPAN! Sameshima puts a good cross into the box and Iwabuchi reacts quickest to get on the end of it. Her shot is blocked from close range by Beattie before Endo picks up the loose ball. She fires her effort on goal, but Corsie gets the block in this time.
25' Japan are keeping the ball well at the minute and are confidently passing it around their midfield as they patiently wait for the space to open up ahead of them again.
J. Endo
23' Endo was getting closed down quickly by Corsie and she did really well to quickly lay the ball off to Iwabuchi.
M. Iwabuchi
23' GREAT GOAL FROM IWABUCHI! She was left in quite a bit of space on the edge of the box when Endo picked her out and after taking a touch, she fires her shot over Alexander and into the back of the net. 1-0 Japan!
21' Cuthbert does really well to beat Miura to win the ball in the air in the middle of the field and she nods to Ross. She can't bring it down though and gives possession back to Japan instead.
A. Sameshima
Yellow Card
19' Sameshima receives the first yellow card of the game after she catches Corsie with a late sliding challenge.
17' Iwabuchi does really well to win the ball back from Weir on the edge of the box and runs to the byline with it. She goes for goal herself instead of looking for a team-mate and it's a tame effort as Alexander comes to collect it at her near post.
15' Japan haven't really been able to get on the ball much in the last few minutes as Scotland have been keeping possession well and patiently building up their attacks from the back.
13' Scotland try to go for the direct route to goal once again and this time it's Beattie that play the long ball into the box. Ross can't pull away from her defender this time though, and it rolls through to Yamashita.
11' Lauder plays a good pass upfield to Ross on the edge of the box and she holds up the ball well before laying it off to Lauder once again. The left-back takes a couple of touches to get into more space before hitting her shot, but it's straight at Yamashita.
9' Scotland have a free-kick in Japan's half after Cuthbert was fouled and Weir is stood over it. She tries to loop the ball over Japan's defenders to pick out Cuthbert, but Ichise gets there ahead of her to nod it back to Yamashita.
7' NAKAJIMA COMES CLOSE! It's some good build-up from Japan and Endo puts a good ball into the box to pick out Sugasawa. The forward then chips a cross towards the far post where Nakajima is waiting, but her shot rolls just wide of the post.
5' Japan are passing the ball around quickly and they look comfortable in possession. Apart from their chance in the first minute though, they haven't been able to get in behind Scotland's back line.
3' Scotland are keeping the ball well at the minute and Arnot is getting high up the field on the left wing. She's tried to put two crosses into the box but hasn't been able to pick out a team-mate just yet.
1' Japan have an early chance! They've made a quick start to the game and Shimizu gets forward from right-back to put a cross into the box. She picks out Endo in the middle, but her header is straight at Alexander.
1' Ross gets the game underway for Scotland!
The teams are out on the pitch now, with kick-off just moments away.
Japan have won each of their last five World Cup matches against European nations, after failing to win any of their first nine (D1 L8).
Shelley Kerr makes four changes to the team that faced England. A change in formation sees Ross come in to partner Cuthbert up front, with Smith, Lauder and Arnot also coming into the side. Doherty, Howard, Christie Murray and Emslie, who scored Scotland's goal in that game, all start on the bench.
Asako Takakura makes three changes to the side that drew with Argentina as she brings Ichise, Endo and Iwabuchi into the starting line-up. They replace Yokoyama, Hasegawa and Minami who drop down to the bench.
SCOTLAND SUBS: Sophie Howard, Claire Emslie, Lana Clelland, Jenna Fife, Fiona Brown, Joanne Love, Leanne Crichton, Christie Murray, Chloe Arthur, Joelle Murray, Shannon Lynn, Nicola Doherty.
SCOTLAND STARTING XI (4-4-2): Lee Alexander; Kirsty Smith, Rachel Corsie, Jennifer Beattie, Hayley Lauder; Lisa Evans, Kim Little, Caroline Weir, Lizzie Arnot; Erin Cuthbert, Jane Ross.
JAPAN SUBS: Yui Hasegawa, Chika Hirao, Yuka Momiki, Moeka Minami, Kumi Yokoyama, Sakiko Ikeda, Shiori Miyake, Mizuho Sakaguchi, Saori Takarada, Rikako Kobayashi, Asato Miyagawa, Rumi Utsugi.
JAPAN STARTING XI (4-4-2): Ayaka Yamashita; Risa Shimizu, Saki Kumagai, Nana Ichise, Aya Sameshima; Emi Nakajima, Narumi Miura, Hina Sugita, Jun Endo; Yuika Sugasawa, Mana Iwabuchi.
Both teams had a frustrating first match at the tournament and they'll be hoping to put those results behind them today. Japan were held to a 0-0 draw against Argentina and struggled to really get going in their opening match. As for Scotland, they lost 2-1 to England in their first ever World Cup game, but they will probably feel that they deserved something from it after a very good second-half performance.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of the Women's World Cup Group D game between Japan and Scotland at Roazhon Park!