Homare Sawa made up for an enormous mistake by attaining the advance objective and Japan advanced to the World Cup final with a 3-1 win over Sweden.
Surprise starter Nahomi Kawasumi had two objectives for Japan, which will encounter the U.S. in championship on Sunday. It is the first World Cup final for the increasing soccer power.
Kawasumi played 29 minutes in the tournament before Coach Norio Sasaki begun her in Japan’s largest game ever.
He said, “She is very tough and fit. I didn’t ask her to score two goals but she did an excellent job.’’
Josefine Oqvist achieved for Sweden, which permitted three unreciprocated objectives.
In a fight of Japan’s good skills versus the thrust and hustle of Sweden, the competition turned in the next half when Kawasumi wedged Hedvig Lindahl off her line and lobbed it over her from around 110 feet away for the ending score, one of the greatest in a tournament full of outstanding strikes.
The objective of Sawa as well provided her four for the tournament to tie her with Marta of Brazil. Sawa has one game left to turn into the peak scorer of her fifth World Cup.
They once more unfolded an enormous banner following their latest win that said “To our Friends Around the World- Thank You for Your Support,” referring to the worldwide outburst of help after the tsunami, that left closely 23,000 dead or missing.
Sasaki said, “What we have been doing so far is very good for Japan. We are still recovering from the disaster. Even little things, like a win, can give people courage and hope.’’
Sweden coach Thomas Dennerby said, “Tonight, the Japanese were a bit more eager to win”