China and Japan exit the World Cup

It was last-16 time at the Women's World Cup in France this week and on Tuesday China and Japan left at the last-16 stage. Both countries will be disappointed as they dominated their matches at times but did not have enough in front of goal. 

China loses out to Italy 

An impressive Italy side on Tuesday beat a China side that has had a poor World Cup overall. A goal in both halves was enough for Italy as they run out 2-0 winners.

China did try and as they have been all World Cup played some decent football but without a real end product. Playing against a strong Italian defence did not help too as the Chinese struggled to really test Laura Giuliani in goals for Italy.

This is only the second time in which China has failed to make the last eight of the World Cup. You could see also that this was a side with some good players and the quality was seen when Wang Yan did test Giuliani with a well-hit shot.

Although when on 49 minutes Aurora Galli made it 2-0, even with 40 minutes left it looked like it was game over for China. Meanwhile, the match stats suggest China were the better side but with only one goal at the tournament, serious questions need to be asked about their forwards.

Japan lose late on 

It was to be heartbreak for Japan as the side dominated Holland for much of the match but in the end, lost out to a last-minute penalty. The penalty came in the 90th minute after a handball in the box by Kumagai, this was the correct call with the new rules in place but still very harsh. 

In the end, a very well fought match ended in a way that did not befit the great spectacle that the match was. As over 20,000 watched on at Roazhon Park am sure they all will agreed they witnessed a very good game.

The win also means that Europe looks like they are dominating the Women's came currently with the last eight being made up of seven European sides along with the USA. It just goes to show that the money pumped into the game is working but also we now see Asia have to play catch up again to keep up. 

As the 2011 world champions look a way off the top sides in the world at the moment Japan will need to improve the female game if they are to continue to compete at a high level. 

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