Reviewing first pair of quarterfinals
A page turned at the Women's World Cup as Japan and France each booked their first-ever places in the semifinals. Japan defeated two-time defending champion Germany 1-0 in extra time, and France advanced past England on penalty kicks after a 1-1 draw through extra time. Japan ended Germany's record 15-match Women's World Cup unbeaten streak. It was also the first win for Japan over Germany in 10 meetings. England missed its last two penalty kicks in the shootout against France and has been eliminated in the quarterfinals in all three of its Women's World Cup appearances. Dubiously, England is also the second team to be eliminated without losing a match (China in 1999).
Here are some more statistical notes from the first pair of quarterfinals at the World Cup:
• Japanese midfielder Homare Sawa persevered through an injury in extra time to assist on Karina Maruyama's match-winning goal in the 108th minute, the latest goal in tournament history. Sawa finished with 112 touches, completed 58 of 72 passes (80.6 percent) and had a shot on goal to go with her assist.
• Germany tried to exploit its height advantage by attacking Japan from the wings. Germany completed nine of 28 crosses from open play (32.1 percent), while Japan was 1-7 (14.3 percent). Midfielder Melanie Behringer tried to spearhead the German attack with 12 chances created, 11 completed crosses and 17 attempted crosses, all game-high totals.
• French forward Gaetane Thiney was active all day in attack against England. She created a game-high eight scoring opportunities and finished with 95 touches and five shots (two on target).
• France had the majority of the scoring opportunities throughout the 120 minutes. France finished with a 33-7 shots advantage (11-3 shots on target) and had 25 passes leading to scoring opportunities (England had six).
• Germany was 6-0-0 with a 13-0 goal advantage versus Asian teams prior to Saturday's loss to Japan. Germany failed to reach the semifinals for the only the second time in six Women's World Cup appearances.