Japan leave it late again
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Yuki Nagasato struck in added time to earn Japan a 1-0 victory over Argentina in their Group A meeting at the Shanghai Hongkou Football Stadium.

Just as against England in their opening fixture, Japan left it late, Nagasato pouncing to score after Argentina goalkeeper Romina Ferrero had parried a low drive from Yukari Kinga. The victory gives Japan four points and real hope of reaching the quarter-finals but confirms Argentina's elimination after two defeats.

Although Argentina captain Eva Gonzalez turned a low cross against her own post in the third minute, for long spells thereafter it looked like the South Americans would frustrate Japan and claim their first point at the FIFA Women's World Cup. Indeed they nearly stole in front when midfielder Fabiana Vallejos struck the woodwork with an ambitious 30-yard lob in the 73rd minute.

Japan will hope to complete the job of qualifying in their final group fixture against Germany in Hangzhou on Monday. Argentina face England in Chengdu on the same day.

Player of the Match: Homare Sawa (JPN)