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Women World Cup

The Lyon connection: World Cup reunion for Bronze and Kumagai

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.

Women World Cup

Scotland see glass half full as search for first World Cup points goes on

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.

Women World Cup

Youthful Japan beat Scotland

Japan coach Asako Takakura insisted there is more to come from her young team after the Nadeshiko gave their women's World Cup campaign a shot in the arm by beating Scotland 2-1 in Rennes on Friday.

Women World Cup

Scotland's Kerr still aiming for World Cup last 16

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.

Women World Cup

Women's World Cup Review: Buchanan gets Canada up and running after Argentina hold Japan

Kadeisha Buchanan netted her first goal for Canada in a win over Cameroon, after Japan failed to overcome a resilient Argentina.

Women World Cup

Argentina hold Japan for historic first World Cup point

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.

Women World Cup

Argentina's 'warriors' ready for Japan test

Argentina face a daunting return to the women's World Cup after a 12-year absence on Monday when they take on Japan at the Parc des Princes.

Women World Cup

Football's coming home for Japan's Saki Kumagai

Japan midfielder Saki Kumagai has a special reason to look forward to her country's opening match in the women's World Cup -- her adopted home is France.

International Friendly

Goalkeeping calamities galore in Germany friendly

A comedy of goalkeeping errors, including two howlers from Wolfsburg keeper Almuth Schult, saw Germany labour to a 2-2 draw with Japan on Tuesday in their penultimate friendly before the World Cup.

Copa SheBelieves

SheBelieves Cup: England pitted against Brazil, Japan face USA

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.

Japan's female stars lead the way for male side

Japan's women's side are on their way home after winning the Asia Cup, leading by example for their crisis-hit male counterparts, who have serious work to do to avoid an early World Cup exit.

Women World Cup

US women dominate Japan in match cut short by weather

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.

Women World Cup

On-fire Lloyd lifts USA back to top of world football

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.

Women World Cup

Japan football fans turn to drink as 'Nadeshiko' sink

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.

Women World Cup

Lloyd inspires US to 5-2 Japan win, third Women's World Cup title

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.

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