World Cup: Key Stat Takeaways From Japan's Win Over England
Throughout the Women's World Cup, ESPN Stats & Information will provide breakdowns and analysis of the day's action.
• Japan defeated England 2-1 to reach its second straight Women's World Cup final. Japan is the second defending champion to return to the final, joining Germany, which won back-to-back titles in 2003 and 2007.
• Japan is the fourth country to reach consecutive Women's World Cup finals, as well as the fourth to reach multiple finals, along with the United States, Germany and Norway.
• Laura Bassett's own goal in the second minute of stoppage time was the latest own goal in Women's World Cup history.
• Japan has scored first in all six games at this Women's World Cup, and Japan is the only team to win all six games at the tournament. All six wins have been by exactly one goal, making Japan the only team with that many one-goal wins in a single Women's World Cup.
• Aya Miyama's penalty was her sixth career Women's World Cup goal, second most ever for Japan, behind only Homare Sawa's eight goals.
• England's Fara Williams converted a penalty for her fourth career Women's World Cup goal, tying Kelly Smith for most WWC goals in England history. Williams is the fourth player to score three career penalties at the Women's World Cup.
• England lost despite outshooting Japan 15-7 and touching the ball 24 times in the attacking penalty area, 18 more than Japan.
Looking ahead to the final
• The United States will play Japan in the first repeat Women's World Cup final on Sunday in Vancouver. Japan won the title on penalty kicks in 2011 after a 2-2 draw in which Japan trailed twice.
• This will be the third straight major final between the United States and Japan. The U.S. defeated Japan 2-1 for Olympic gold in 2012 after Japan's shootout win at the 2011 Women's World Cup.
• Each team has scored nine goals in six games at this tournament, with the U.S. allowing one goal, two fewer than Japan.
• Japan has completed a tournament-high 80 percent of its passes, compared to 74 percent for the United States. Japan's 458 completed passes per game are second best in the tournament, 125 more than the U.S.