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They are colleagues at club level in the team that dominates European women's football, but Saki Kumagai and Lucy Bronze will be coming up against one another at a second consecutive World Cup when Japan and England clash on Wednesday.
Scotland coach Shelley Kerr remained upbeat despite seeing the women's World Cup debutants slump to their second defeat in as many outings at the tournament as they lost 2-1 to Japan on Friday.
Shelley Kerr says her Scotland team remain optimistic they can make it beyond the group stage at their debut women's World Cup as they prepare to face former champions Japan on Friday.
Kadeisha Buchanan netted her first goal for Canada in a win over Cameroon, after Japan failed to overcome a resilient Argentina.
Japan failed to break down a determined and well-organised Argentine defence in Paris on Monday in the first goalless draw of the Women's World Cup.
The tournament, which will be used as a warm up exercise for next summer's Women's World Cup, has pitted England against the flair of Brazil, while former world champions Japan and USA face off.
Goals from Julie Johnston and Alex Morgan had the US women's team up 2-0 on Japan Sunday when lightning brought their international friendly match in Cleveland, Ohio, to a halt in the 76th minute.
US coach Jill Ellis hailed the "hot" form of Carli Lloyd whose 13-minute hat-trick marked a goal run which set the the United States on the way to a 5-2 World Cup rout over defending champions Japan.
Madoka Kataoka was on her third beer of the morning on Monday even before Japan kicked off against the United States in the women's World Cup final.
Carli Lloyd became the first woman to score a hattrick in a World Cup final as she inspired the United States to a 5-2 demolition of defending champions Japan.