Powells heroes overcome Japan

Powells heroes overcome Japan
Written by keepushealth
Monday, 11 July 2011 01:04
FOOTBALL: A stunning 20-yard lob from Ellen White against Japan set England on the way to the Womens World Cup quarter finals and a meeting with France. Hope Powells side came into last nights Group B decider as underdogs but shocked their

FOOTBALL: A stunning 20-yard lob from Ellen White against Japan set England on the way to the Womens World Cup quarter finals and a meeting with France.

Hope Powells side came into last nights Group B decider as underdogs but shocked their opponents by taking an early lead through Whites inspired strike.

And England wrapped up a memorable win and the group when substitute Rachel Yankey struck just after the hour

In topping the table England have avoided hosts and holders Germany who beat France 4-2 to win Group A, earning them a quarter final match with Japan.

And Powell admitted she was happy with the win.

We were very, very good today. You have got to respect Japan and the way they play but we had a game-plan and we implemented it, she said.

We havent conceded, we have scored goals and won the group it can only improve confidence.

She added: We are getting closer but we are not there yet the ambition was to get out of the group, to top the group and now we prepare for the next game.

After a flying start to the competition by beating New Zealand 2-1 and Mexico 4-0, Japan were below par and Powells side made them pay the price.

The opener came in the 15th minute as Karen Carney picked out White with an inch-perfect through-ball and the Arsenal striker made no mistake in lobbing Japan keeper Ayumi Kaihori for her first England goal.

White might have doubled her tally when meeting a Jess Clarke cross but this time Kaihori tipped her effort over the bar.

After the interval Japan imposed themselves on the contest and Yuki Nagasato should have equalised after getting on the end of a long free-kick, only to prod wide from six yards.

England then punished their opponents inability to score in the 66th minute as Yankey, the most experienced international player in the current squad, scored with a smart finish from a narrow angle

In the other Group B match New Zealand produced a terrific fightback in Sinsheim, scoring twice in stoppage time to earn a 2-2 draw with Mexico.

In Tuesdays other match Nigeria beat Canada 1-0 in Dresden.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 July 2011 01:04