Sweden scored just ten minutes into their 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup semifinal matchup against Japan, but since that time, the Japanese have been the better side, outplaying Sweden in just about every aspect of the game. They've been the better passing side and they have created more shots and more set piece opportunities. They're taking Caroline Seger and Lotta Schelin out of the game. And yet, the score is locked up at 1-1, with Sweden still very much in the game.
The first goal came off of a brilliant strike by Josefine Öqvist, but she contributed to Japan's goal when a shot by Nahomi Kawasumi deflected off of her. At the moment it's listed as Kawasumi's goal, but it could very well be changed to an own goal.
It would be surprising to see Schelin and Seger fail to assert themselves in the second half, but it would be equally surprising if Japan continued to create shots and set piece opportunities without scoring another goal. It's a fascinating and close match, and the second half should be even better than the first.