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England-Japan Women’s World Cup semi final TV times and open thread

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Despite being dwarfed by USA’s 2-0 win against Germany semi-final Tuesday night, this match between England and Japan still comes to the same conclusion: one of these teams will be making history as they fight to reach the World Cup Final.

England has never made such a run in a Women’s World Cup. Having been defeated three times in previous quarter-finals, they are looking to continue their unprecedented run by defeating the reigning champions. Japan.

After failing to even make it out of the Group stage in the 1999, 2003 and 2007 Women’s World Cups, Japan has an excellent chance to become the second team in the women’s game to win two consecutive World Cup titles.

England already knows Japan’s game plan. Japan possesses the ball; and while the talented and skillful Japanese team can out-possess just about any team, they have a difficult time knocking in more then one goal a game. Three of Japan’s games have ended 1-0, highlighting the fact that this team knows they only need one goal to win. Despite the amount of time Japan holds on to the ball, they do not create too many opportunities for themselves in front of net. They are simply clinical on the chances they do have.

TV times for today’s game on US television:

England v. Japan
7:00 PM ET – FOX Sports 1
Commonwealth Stadium – Edmonton

In order to counteract that, England needs to pile on the goals with the use of a quick and potent counterattack that centers on Jodi Taylor. Taylor displayed her ability for breakout speed in the team’s quarterfinal against Canada and she will need to have another standout performance if she hopes to pull her team through to the final.

The commonality of these squads is their strong belief in team play. Both have names that need to be circled, Taylor and Aya Miyama for starters, but they are more centered on a complete team play instead of relaying on the play of a few big stars.

 

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8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. Jim

    July 1, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    That’s just unlucky. Gutted for them. Played hard and to lose like that in just unfortunate fashion
    This loss would have been easier to take if Iwabuchi scored on one of her runs and not 1/100 deflection off the post with one minute to go.
    I thought the men’s team was cursed ever since the Cameroon game in 90 with the witch doctor business but it seems that the women are too.

  2. jtm371

    July 1, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    Smokey
    That was brutal the gods hate England. That one is going to leave a mark. Sorry mate poor another one. 🙁

    • jtm371

      July 1, 2015 at 9:03 pm

      pour not poor!

    • Smokey Bacon

      July 1, 2015 at 9:07 pm

      It’s official, England are the unluckiest team in world football. Add another one to the catalogue of agonizing near misses.

      Great effort by the ladies. They were well in the game and could have won easily. Very impressed with the coach. Classy remarks straight after the game.

  3. jtm371

    July 1, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    120F on the plastic grass well done fifa. What a F_cking joke the women have to put up with this crap. Unacceptable on any leave except for mls.

  4. Smokey Bacon

    July 1, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    Disappointing to see England playing a long ball game again but these tactics don’t seem out of place in the women’s game. If the men’s team played like this they would not get anywhere near a semi final.

  5. Tony Butterworth

    July 1, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    The commentary on Fox is TERRIBLE, they are just rambling on.

    I admit that I may be sexist.

  6. Smokey Bacon

    July 1, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    As Des Lynam might have said……Good evening. There are just three teams left in this year’s World Cup finals. USA, Japan………..and England!

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