The Japanese women’s soccer team, Nadeshiko Japan, continues their Olympic dominance with Monday’s 2-1 win against France. The team is now guaranteed either the gold or silver medal as they move on to the final round on Thursday. Playing at Wembley Stadium, Mizuho Sakaguchi and Yuki Ogimi each scored goals, and now Japan will be up against the U.S., in a rematch of last year’s Women’s World Cup final that saw Nadeshiko victorious.
Japan went into the match as the favorite, and Yuki Ogimi, the team’s top scorer at the London Games, scored the first goal of the match. Right off the bat of the second half, Sakaguchi brought Japan up to 2 points, while France’s Eugenie le Sommer scored in the 75th minute. Aya Miyama, Nadeshiko Japan‘s captain, commented that France played well, but they just couldn’t match Japan’s passion in the match. Japan just missed out on a medal at Beijing in 2008, ranking fourth, but this year will be the first ever medal for the country in women’s soccer.
Later that same day, the U.S., the reigning Olympic champions, defeated Canada 4-3, meaning the Americans will have their long-sought opportunity to play Japan again after their World Cup loss. Should Japan go on to win the gold medal, they will be the first team in history to hold both World Cup and Olympic champion titles at the same time. The Japanese men’s team has also done very well this year, and are playing their semifinals match later today. Should they maintain their winning performances, just as Nadeshiko has done, Japan could be looking at double medals in soccer.
[via Fox Sports]
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