Women’s World Cup 2011 – Germany vs Japan Live
Quarterfinals – Match: Germany vs Japan
Date: Saturday, July 9, 2011
Kick-off Time: 20:45
Venue: Volkswagen-Arena, Wolfsburg
So, don’t forget to Watch Germany vs Japan live on Saturday, July 9, 2011 at 20:45 GMT.
UPDATE: Japan advances to Women’s World Cup 2011 Semifinals with 1-0 win over Germany. Japan will face Sweden in the Semis on Wednesday after the Swedes beat Australia 3-1 in the other Quarterfinal match.
(Via ESPN) Japan knocked two-time defending champion Germany out of the Women’s World Cup on Saturday, advancing to the semifinals with a 1-0 win when substitute Karina Maruyama outran the defense and scored on an angled shot in extra time.
Japan absorbed relentless pressure during the match, gaining its first World Cup semifinal and handing Germany its first loss in the tournament in a dozen years.
Standout midfielder Homare Sawa spotted Maruyama’s deep run in the 108th minute, served her perfectly and Maruyama slipped it past goalie Nadine Angerer to silence the sellout crowd of 26,067 and an expectant nation.
Germany threw everything forward in the final dozen minutes, but it didn’t matter. As throughout the tension-filled match, the bounces didn’t go the hosts’ way.Germany’s fear of elimination appeared to douse its creativity and the quarterfinal turned into a test of survival. In the end it was the “Japanese game” that coach Norio Sasaki promised that made the difference — one precision pass and lightness of feet outdid two hours of grinding and pushing by the hosts.
Germany had not lost a World Cup game going back to a quarterfinal defeat to the United States in 1999.
After the game, the Japanese players united behind a Japanese banner saying, “To our friends around the world — Thank you for your support,” recognizing the global aid in the wake of the deadly earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in March.