2 Jul 2015

Japan into World Cup final

3:02 pm on 2 July 2015

A late own-goal by England defender Laura Bassett put defending champions Japan into the final of the Women's Football World Cup with a 2-1 win.

The tie looked to be heading for extra time with the scores locked at 1-1 after captain Aya Miyama scored a penalty on 33 minutes at Edmonton's Commonwealth Stadium only for Fara Williams to level for England five minutes before the break, also from a penalty kick.

England defender Laura Bassett

England defender Laura Bassett Photo: FA.com

But two minutes into injury time, Bassett sent the ball into her own net to end her team's dream run to their first World Cup semi-final.

Japan, who eliminated Australia in the quarter-finals, play the United States in the final in Vancouver on Monday.