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Utsugi’s Japan Eliminated by the Netherlands at World Cup

Dave ClarkReign FC
Utsugi’s Japan Eliminated by the Netherlands at World Cup

Japan was eliminated in the World Cup Round of 16 by the Netherlands on Tuesday, losing 2-1. The Netherlands’ Lieke Martens completed a brace with a penalty in the 90th minute, ending Japan’s hopes of a third consecutive trip to the finals.

Martens struck first for the Oranje, tapping in a corner kick from Sherida Spitse with the outside of her right foot in the 17th minute.

Yui Hasegawa responded for Japan shortly before halftime. The midfielder ran on to a through ball from Mana Iwabuchi and fired a shot into the top of the net to make it 1-1.

Referee Melissa Borjas awarded the Netherlands a penalty in the 88th minute after a shot struck the extended arm of a defender.

The Netherlands will play in the quarterfinals against Italy on Saturday, June 29 at 6:00 a.m. PT.