(CNN) — While there was Japanese joy in reaching the Women’s World Cup final, this was another painful and tearful exit for English football.
Defending champion Japan advanced to Sunday’s showpiece with a 2-1 semifinal victory Wednesday over England at Edmonton, Alberta.
The winning margin was provided by an own goal from England defender Laura Bassett, who attempted to clear the ball but accidentally sent it into the England net in the 92nd minute.
This was the first time an English team had reached the last four of a World Cup in 25 years and England’s defeat had echoes of the men team’s exit in Italia 90, when Bobby Robson’s side were cruelly beaten by Germany on penalties.
While Japan celebrated, there was plenty of sympathy for Bassett.
“She’s epitomized all the values that English football fans want to see in that white jersey when you have three lions on…
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