Japanese cheer as national women’s soccer team beats England to the finals

Japan beats England in women’s World Cup semi-final, setting up a title rematch with the United States.

TOKYO, JAPAN (JULY 2, 2015) (REUTERS) – Japanese cheered on as their team beat England 2-1 in the semi-finals of the Women’s World Cup in Edmonton on Thursday (July 2), setting up a title rematch with the United States.

Crowds erupted in joy as an injury time own goal from England defender Laura Bassett put Japan into the final.

The dramatic finish drove some 200 Japanese supporters into a frenzy at a public viewing in Tokyo.

“The divine winds have blown in favor of Japan,” 35-year-old Noriko Kimura said.

“It’s such a delight that we won with the very last minute goal,” 29-year-old Yui Okamoto said.

Defending champions Japan will play the United States in the final on July 5 in Vancouver.

“We will definitely beat the U.S. again for the second straight World Cup title,” 55-year-old supporter Kennosuke Tominaga said.

The U.S. booked their ticket to the championship game with a 2-0 win over top ranked Germany on Tuesday (June 30).