England's Laura Bassett sheds tears after the team's 2-1 loss to Japan in a FIFA Women's World Cup soccer tournament, Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
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 realizing 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 semifinal Wednesday. Japan will travel to Vancouver to face the United States on Sunday in a rematch of the 2011 championship game in Germany.