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Argentina frustrate 2011 winners Japan to claim first ever World Cup point

Argentina frustrate 2011 winners Japan to claim first ever World Cup point

Argentina had never managed to claim a World Cup point in six previous gamesJapan began their quest to reach a third straight final with a poor goalless draw as Argentina earned their first ever point at a World Cup.The Japanese won the tournament in 2011 by beating the United States, who gained revenge four years later.An uninspiring contest saw Japan's Yui Hasegawa screw a shot wide from a promising position in the second half - the closest either side came to a goal.
The draw leaves England top of Group D after they beat Scotland on Sunday.And Phil Neville's side will be confident of collecting another three points when they face the Argentines on Friday (kick-off 20:00 BST), while Japan face Scotland (14:00).
Relive Argentina's draw against Japan
Coming into the tournament, Carlos Borello's team were 500-1 outsiders to lift the trophy and had a wretched World Cup record, having lost all six of their previous games.They finished bottom of their group on both previous occasions they had reached the finals, and their delight at the draw was clear to see, with players embracing each other and substitutes running onto the pitch to join in.Although Japan dominated the match in Paris and had 72% possession, they were kept at bay by the dogged Argentine defence, with Yuika Sugasawa shooting wide from an angle after Kumi Yokoyama's long range shot was parried.Neither side had a shot on target in the first half, with Argentina striker Flor Bonsegundo's tame strike straight at goalkeeper Ayaka Yamashita their best effort on goal.
Much improved Argentina - the stats
This was only the seventh 0-0 draw in Women's World Cup history and the first for either of these sides.
There had been a goal in 40 consecutive games prior to today, with the last 0-0 draw between the United States and Sweden in the 2015 group stage.
Argentina kept their first-ever clean sheet at the tournament. They had previously conceded an average of 5.5 goals per game.
This was a vast improvement for Argentina on their last opening game in 2007 when they lost 11-0 to Germany.
Argentina had only one shot on target, in the 73rd minute - the latest a side has had to wait for a shot on target at the tournament.
Argentina did not have a touch in Japan's box until the 65th minute.
Mana Iwabuchi came on to make her 11th appearance at the World Cup for Japan - all off the bench - a record for substitute appearances.
Mariela Coronel became Argentina's oldest-ever World Cup player at 37 years 355 days.
Line-ups
Match Stats
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Line-ups
Argentina
1Correa
13Gomez
2Barroso
6Cometti
3Stabile
16BenitezSubstituted forCoronelat 79'minutes
11BonsegundoSubstituted forLarroquetteat 77'minutes
8BravoSubstituted forSantanaat 64'minutes
14Mayorga
10Banini
9Jaimes
Substitutes
4Sachs
5Santana
7Oviedo
12Garton
15Potassa
17Coronel
18Chavez
19Larroquette
20Ippolito
21Juncos
22Menendez
23Pereyra
Japan
18Yamashita
22ShimizuBooked at 38mins[/i]
4Kumagai
12Minami
3Sameshima
7NakajimaSubstituted forEndoat 74'minutes
6SugitaBooked at 45mins[/i]
17Miura
14Hasegawa
9SugasawaSubstituted forTakaradaat 90'minutes
20YokoyamaSubstituted forIwabuchiat 57'minutesBooked at 85mins[/i]
Substitutes
1Ikeda
2Utsugi
5Ichise
8Iwabuchi
10Sakaguchi
11Kobayashi
13Takarada
15Momiki
16Miyagawa
19Endo
21Hirao
23Miyake
Referee:Stephanie FrappartAttendance:25,055
Match Stats
Home TeamArgentinaAway TeamJapanPossessionHome28%Away72%ShotsHome5Away8Shots on TargetHome1Away2CornersHome0Away5FoulsHome7Away6
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Match ends, Argentina 0, Japan 0.
Full Time
Posted at 90'+4' Second Half ends, Argentina 0, Japan 0.Posted at 90'+3' Corner, Japan. Conceded by Agustina Barroso.Posted at 90'+1' Attempt saved. Yui Hasegawa (Japan) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the centre of the goal.Posted at 90'+1' Delay over. They are ready to continue.Posted at 90' Delay in match because of an injury Sole Jaimes (Argentina).
Substitution
Posted at 90' Substitution, Japan. Saori Takarada replaces Yuika Sugasawa.Posted at 89' Attempt missed. Hina Sugita (Japan) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.Posted at 86' Attempt missed. Mariela Coronel (Argentina) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Eliana Stabile with a cross following a set piece situation.
Booking
Posted at 85' Mana Iwabuchi (Japan) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.Posted at 85' Foul by Mana Iwabuchi (Japan).Posted at 85' Estefania Banini (Argentina) wins a free kick on the left wing.Posted at 83' Attempt missed. Mariana Larroquette (Argentina) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Sole Jaimes.Posted at 82' Attempt blocked. Sole Jaimes (Argentina) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Substitution
Posted at 79' Substitution, Argentina. Mariela Coronel replaces Lorena Benitez.Posted at 79' Foul by Yui Hasegawa (Japan).Posted at 79' Aldana Cometti (Argentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution
Posted at 77' Substitution, Argentina. Mariana Larroquette replaces Flor Bonsegundo.
Substitution
Posted at 74' Substitution, Japan. Jun Endo replaces Emi Nakajima.Posted at 73' Attempt saved. Flor Bonsegundo (Argentina) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.Posted at 72' Foul by Yuika Sugasawa (Japan).Posted at 72' Aldana Cometti (Argentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 68' Attempt blocked. Yuika Sugasawa (Japan) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.Posted at 65' Attempt blocked. Sole Jaimes (Argentina) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Estefania Banini.
Substitution
Posted at 64' Substitution, Argentina. Vanesa Santana replaces Linda Bravo.
Substitution
Posted at 57' Substitution, Japan. Mana Iwabuchi replaces Kumi Yokoyama.Posted at 56' Attempt missed. Yui Hasegawa (Japan) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.Posted at 52' Corner, Japan. Conceded by Virginia Gomez.Posted at 51' Corner, Japan. Conceded by Agustina Barroso.Posted at 50' Attempt missed. Yuika Sugasawa (Japan) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is high and wide to the left.Posted at 50' Attempt saved. Kumi Yokoyama (Japan) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Yui Hasegawa.
Second Half
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Second Half begins Argentina 0, Japan 0.
Half Time
Posted at 45'+3' First Half ends, Argentina 0, Japan 0.
Booking
Posted at 45'+1' Hina Sugita (Japan) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.Posted at 45'+1' Foul by Hina Sugita (Japan).Posted at 45'+1' Estefania Banini (Argentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 41' Corner, Japan. Conceded by Lorena Benitez.Posted at 39' Delay over. They are ready to continue.Posted at 39' Delay in match because of an injury Estefania Banini (Argentina).
Booking
Posted at 38' Risa Shimizu (Japan) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
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