Nagasato seals the points
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In an entertaining Group C match in La Florida, Santiago, Norio Sasaki's Young Nadeshiko side saw off the much-fancied Germans 2-1 to take themselves to six points from two games.

After some early Japanese pressure, it was Germany who carved out the first two chances of the game, both of which were spurned by striker Marie Pollmann. Japan gradually worked their way back into the game, however, and on 30 minutes they very nearly went ahead when Alisa Vetterlein pushed Yuka Kado's long-range shot onto the crossbar. Eleven minutes later, the Japanese were rewarded for their first-half efforts when Natsuko Hara's killing through-ball was cleverly finished off by Kie Koyama.

The Germans went on the attack after the break, and despite some initial frustration they drew level just after the hour mark, Isabel Kerschowski heading home Nicole Banecki's left-wing cross. Germany began to dominate the game, but a stunning goal eight minutes from the close gave the Japanese the points instead. Koyama played Asano Nagasato through, and the Japanese No7 surged into the box, slipped past Verena Faisst and found the net from a tight angle.