Japan, US final
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) - England defender Laura Bassett was inconsolable as she lay face down on the field, sobbing.
Japanese players gathered at the other end of the field in celebration - and relief - in realising how close they came to squandering a chance to defend their Women's World Cup title.
After Japan was outplayed for much of the second half, a turn of Bassett's foot followed by a fortunate bounce off the crossbar led to an own goal in the final minute of stoppage time that allowed Japan pull out a 2-1 victory in the semi-final Wednesday. Japan will travel to Vancouver to face the United States on Sunday in a rematch of the 2011 championship game in Germany.
"Oh, what a tough one, what a tough one to take," a red-eyed England coach Mark Sampson said. "I can't speak about the game. I can only speak about how incredibly proud I am of my group."
Chicharito injures collarbone in draw
HOUSTON (AP) - Mexico's Gold Cup chances could take a hit after Wednesday's tune-up game with Honduras. Star forward Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez left the scoreless draw with a collarbone injury.
"We still don't have a report," Mexico head coach Miguel Herrera said through a translator. "Yes, there's an impact, but we're just thinking about what's ahead. This is an unfortunate situation we cannot fix. With Chicharito he was going through a great moment in his career and the injury came; but we're just moving on."
Chicharito left in the 41st minute after a collision with Brayan Beckeles and was taken to a hospital to evaluate the injury. Hernandez has 40 goals for the Mexican national team in 75 appearances.
If ruled out, Hernandez would join defender Hector Moreno, who broke his left leg in a 2-2 draw Costa Rica on June 27, as injury scratches for the Gold Cup.