Meticulous planning and execution are everything in Japanese soccer. So when the team falls behind, there is a system to rely on, a belief there is still a way to win.Japan is in its first Women’s World Cup final, and its quick passing could pose a challenge for the favored United States on Sunday.Coach Norio Sasaki has been planning for this moment since the 2008 Olympics.
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With a perfect two victories out of two matches, Japan has reached the quarterfinals of the World Cup with flair and a tournament-leading six goals so far. England was saved by a fighting performance to earn another day at the tournament.
Homare Sawa got the World Cup’s first hat trick to lead Japan past Mexico 4-0.
For England, gangly midfielder Jill Scott was just as important with a goal and an assist to resurrect England’s campaign with 2-1 win over New Zealand.
It gave Japan 6 points, two more than England, whic
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