Japan went back to work after giving up another goal to Carli Lloyd. Completely undeserved considering the run of play? Sure, but that's how soccer works. Japan won't stop though and all it takes is one goal to get them right back in to the mix. That goal came in the 63rd minute.
Ohno made a great run and found Sawa in the box with a great pass. Sawa's shot was saved off the line by Christie Rampone, but Sawa got her foot on the clearance and found Ogimi alone near the far post for an easy tap in. The series of passes involved with the setup were absolutely ridiculous and after all the close calls and missed penalty calls, the goal seems like a bit of karmic redemption for the Japanese team.
Japan is slicing the USA defense apart when accurate passing and tremendous off the ball movement, just cli nical and beautiful stuff. Now the USA will have to refocus and prevent Japan from finding an equalizer. What a game.
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