Scotland hope of progressing dented by Japan’s victory

Japan 2-1 Scotland

Scotland’s chances of qualifying from their Women’s World Cup group hang by a thread after defeat by Japan.

Shelley Kerr’s side had rarely been out of their own half by the time Mana Iwabuchi blasted a shot past goalkeeper Lee Alexander after 22 minutes.

With Japan dominating, Rachel Corsie was ruled to have hauled down Yuika Sugasawa and the striker sent the spot-kick low into the corner.

A late Scotland rally produced a fine long-range Lana Clelland finish.

But consecutive 2-1 defeats leave Kerr’s side bottom of the table without a point and needing to beat Argentina in their final game if they are to have a chance of making the knockout stage as one of the four best third-placed sides.

For former world champions Japan, who opened with a disappointing draw, it ends a run of five games without a victory and puts them second in the group.

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