England v Japan

That's all from us, then. England have missed out on a place in the Women's World Cup final in the cruellest of circumstances; a last minute own goal from arguably their best player on the night. Gut-wrenching stuff.


A final look at the winner; Japan were on the break and looking very dangerous. Kawasumi's brilliant run down the right was capped by a wonderful cross into the box and had Bassett not stretched across, you feel it would have fallen to either Ogimi and Iwabuchi who would have surely scored.


I have no words to describe it, the only thing I have to say is that I
am so proud of all the girls and staff. We've had an amazing journey but
that's football, it can be cruel sometimes but we have to try and pick
ourselves up and play Germany on Saturday. These are a bunch of girls
that give everything for the jersey and are great people. We want to
take that into the game on Saturday. We have tried to perform and get to
the World Cup final that we wanted, but it just wasn't to be today.

England captain Steph Houghton [via BBC One]


It is really is heartbreaking. I think we have to first and foremost
congratulate the players for an incredible tournament. Laura Bassett's
name is on that score sheet but she has epitomised the team. She has been
courageous, strong and she doesn't deserve that [to score an own goal].
She is a hero, an absolute hero, that is how she will be remembered.
I've told them it's OK to cry, they left everything on the field and
it's a really tough way to go out. I'm so proud of them. We came here as
a huge underdog with the weight of a nation on our back. We had critics
and they have inspired a nation and they deserve to go home as heroes.

England manager Mark Sampson on England's defeat. [via BBC One]


Japan will go onto meet United States in the final of the 2015 Women's World Cup with a record of having won all six of their matches in normal time. But they were well and truly on the ropes at times this evening.


Poor Laura Bassett. She is inconsolable as she leaves the pitch in tears with her teammates rallying around her. That was a tremendous effort from England against the defending world champions. But they are out of the World Cup.


That came with seconds of the match remaining. England barely had time to kick off again. It doesn't get crueller than that.


That is absolutely devastating for England and Laura Bassett. Trying to clear Kawasumi excellent cross from the right, the England defender stretched across looking to get something on the ball only for her touch to lift the ball over Bardsley, off the underside of the bar and into the England net.


FULL TIME: Japan 2-1 England


Absolute heartbreak from England. Japan advance on the counter attack and it's four on four. A cross comes in from the right and Laura Bassett, arguably England's woman of the match, diverts the ball into the back of her own net in a vain attempt to clear the ball.


Goal! Japan 2-1 England


Ogimi is shown a yellow card and England have one last chance maybe to pump the ball into the box. We are well into the four minutes of injury time added on.


England, for a change, launch a long ball into the box, putting pressure on Kaihori whose punch clear is a meek one under pressure from Chapman.


Ustagi frees Iwabuchi with a wonderful left footed pass but Houghton reads it well, stepping across to usher the ball away.


Another change for England, Fara Williams comes off for Karen Carney. England taking off their best penalty taker with the score poised at 1-1?


White almost sneaks in behind the Japanese backline but she is judged offside.


As you would expect, it's got awfully cagey in this second half. Since that flurry of three chances in the space of a few minutes, England haven't worked another opening but they continue to press Japan and force mistakes.


England hit the woodwork again! Rafferty swings in a cross from deep out on the left that dips down and crashes off the top of the bar.


Lucy Bronze is down and it doesn't look good. She trots off the pitch with a grimace to be replaced by Alex Scott.


Iwabuchi makes an impact almost immediately, dancing her way in from the left, committing England defenders before drilling a shot on goal. It goes wide, but she has certainly given England something to think about in the short time she's been on the pitch.


Another change as Ohno is replaced by Iwabuchi, Japan's match-winner against Australia.


And another chance! Another excellent set piece is lifted into the box and Scott is on the end of it with a free header, but nods just wide of the post! Three golden opportunities for England.


Another chance! England are pressing Japan relentlessly and force them into a mistake as they try to pass out from the back. Bassett steps in and intercepts, moving the ball onto White, who tries to bend a left footed effort into the corner of the net only to be denied by Kaihori. Another corner