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FT - Japan 0-1 Great Britain

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Ellen White's goal secures GB a well fought 3 points in Tokyo. Hege Riise's side progress through, and a disappointed Japan will have to defeat Chile to keep their Olympic dreams alive.

89' - Japan 0-1 Great Britain

Weir comes close with a curling free kick. Her effort flies just over the bar.

87' - Japan 0-1 Great Britain

Substitution for GB: Hemp is replaced by Stanway.

85' - Japan 0-1 Great Britain

Japan are turning on the heat as we approach the final few minutes of the game. Blue shirts are flooding the GB half but Riise's side are defending well.

79' - Japan 0-1 Great Britain

Substitution for Japan: Iwabuchi is finally introduced. Japan have ten minutes left to see if the forward can turn things around.

78' - Japan 0-1 Great Britain

Yamashita is booked for a frustrated outburst that sees her knock White to the ground

75' - Japan 0-1 Great Britain

Substituion for GB: Parris makes way for Daly.

73' GOAL: Japan 0-1 Great Britain

Fantastic header from Ellen White! The deadlock is finally broken. Great play originally from Little who holds the ball up and relays to Bronze. Bronze sends a looping ball into the box and White flicks a glancing header across goal and into the back of the net. Extremely questionable goalkeeping from Yamashita, who came out for the ball but failed to make any connection.

67' - Japan 0-0 Great Britain

Substituion for Japan: Narumi and Jun replace Hayashi and Tanaka.

63' - chance for Houghton

Japan attempted to clear a scrappy array of balls from the box which eventually fell to Houghton. The city defender volleyed the ball towards goal but couldn't get her body over the ball enough to steer it goalward.

61' - Japan 0-0 Great Britain

Team GB look like they're regaining some rhythm. The addition of Weir has opened up play much more freely and Hemp is enjoying some more time on the ball.

58' - Japan 0-0 Great Britain

Substitution for GB: Ingle makes way for Manchester City's Weir. Weir definitely has the potential to changes things in midfield for GB.

55' - Japan 0-0 Great Britain

Substitution for Japan: Shiokoshi is replaced by Momiki.

54' - Japan 0-0 Great Britain

The physicality of this Japanese side could prove to be the slight difference here today. Players like White and Parris are getting constantly pushed off the ball.

51' - Japan 0-0 Great Britain

A clever turn from Shiokoshi invites a clunky challenge from Stokes. Freekick awarded to Japan but no chance develops.

47' - Japan 0-0 Great Britain

A much more aggressive start here from GB. Stroking the ball around nicely in the final third and Hege Riise's side are getting more bodies forward.

45' - Japan 0-0 Great Britain

Second half is underway..

HT - Japan 0-0 Great Britain

A fairly cagey first half sees both teams fail to convert any chances. Japan were organised and proved difficult to break down. GB looked frustrated at times.

42' - Japan 0-0 Great Britain

GB are knocking on the door in the final few minutes of this first half.

37' - Japan 0-0 Great Britain

It's not surprising that chances have been sparse for GB. Little, Hemp and White have been swarmed by two or three players as soon as they even get a touch on the ball. A merit to their performance in the opening game, but a tall obstacle that needs to be overcome by GB.

34' - Japan 0-0 Great Britain

Freekick to Japan after Miyagawa falls victim to a late challenge from Parris.

31' - Japan come close!

Hasegawa sets Tanaka up on the edge of the 18-yard box. The forward strikes the ball well but her shot brushes just wide of the post.

29' - Japan 0-0 Great Britain

Hayashi is booked for a foul on Hemp. The youngster was taken down during a surging run towards the Japanese goal.

25' - Japan 0-0 Great Britain

GB looking slightly rattled here. Hayashi pounced on a ball that was sloppily given away by Hemp but Bronze managed to clear the ball away.

22' - Japan 0-0 Great Britain

Japan have found some rhythm now.

19' - Japan 0-0 Great Britain

Team GB are still boasting most of the possession but Japan have made it very clear they'll be a tough opponent to crack. Takakura's side are giving GB absolutely no time on the ball in the final third.

14' - Japan 0-0 Great Britain

A corner kick for Japan is comfortably dealt with by the GB back four. The ball falls to Hayashi, who attempts another ambitious long range shot which lands straight in the hands of Roebuck.

11' - Japan 0-0 Great Britain

Nakajima's ball is headed out by Houghton. Hayashi follows through with a long range rebound which flies wide of goal.

10' - Japan 0-0 Great Britain

Freekick given to Japan in a favourable position. Nakajima to take.

7' - Japan 0-0 Great Britain

No real chances produced as of yet. GB are boasting the majority of possession but Japan are looking solid defensively.

3' - Japan 0-0 Great Britain

Bright start from Team GB. The same attacking trio of Hemp, Little and White are sitting up top for Britain.

1' - Japan 0-0 Great Britain

We're underway..


Focus and determination firmly planted on the faces of both the GB and Japanese players.

11:20 - Just under ten minutes until things kick off at the Sapporo Dome!

2012 Olympic silver medallists, Japan boasts a wealth of experience and will be looking to not only halt Team GB’s progression to the knockout stages, but also secure their first win as tournament hosts. One of Arsenal’s summer signings Mana Iwabuchi played an instrumental part in Japan’s draw against Canada, and if Iwabuchi features in today's game, the forward is likely to provide Team GB’s defence with a worthy test.

Iwabuchi scores Japan's first goal of the Games

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In a pre-match interview, young forward Hemp said Team GB will need “little moments of magic” to succeed in this tournament. They managed to create magic against Chile, but whether Japan will allow the same freedom today is yet to be answered.
An astonishing performance by Scotland’s Kim Little on Wednesday sent the Scotland forward viral on twitter, and the former Arsenal star is set to captain Team GB today. With Fran Kirby still expected to be absent due to injury, another strong performance from attacking force Little, Hemp and White will be needed if Britain want to grind out a result against a resilient Japanese side.

Arsenal and Scotland forward Kim Little has been picked to play for Team GB at a second Olympics

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A surprise to most, Arsenal's recent signing Iwabuchi remains on the bench for Japan today. The forward is a senior figure within the team that has been instrumental towards the success of the team, an example being the last minute goal scored to secure a draw against Canada in their opening match.


Arsenal's Leah Williamson and Manchester City's Demi Stokes slot into the line up today providing a different back four to Wednesday's clash against Chile. Kim Little makes history by becoming the first Scottish player to captain Team GB at the Olympics. Further squad rotation also sees Ingle and Parris start.
Japan's starting eleven looks like this..
Here is how Team GB line up today..
Olympic hosts greet Team GB today at the Sapporo Dome, as both teams will be looking to build on the momentum of their opening group match. Takakura’s Japanese side showed real character in Wednesday’s 1-1 deadlock against Canada. Despite a missed penalty, Japan came from behind to salvage a point in the 84th minute. After Team GB’s domineering 2-0 victory over Chile, a win today will see Hege Riise’s side progress to the knockout stages.

There was a Team GB penalty check in the match against Chile

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The Brits missed out five years ago on gold but they will be feeling confident with a wide array of talent.
My name is Anna Minter, and today I’ll be providing updates of today's game.
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