World champions Japan weathered a storming fightback from France to win 2-1 in an action-packed match at Wembley on Monday and reach the women's Olympic soccer final.
They will meet either holders the United States, who they beat on penalties in last year's World Cup final, or Canada who were playing their semi-final at Old Trafford, Manchester later on Monday.
After a quiet opening half-hour the first match came to life when Yuko Ogimi gave Japan the lead and continued to enthrall a huge crowd of 61,482 right to the nerve-jangling finale in what was an outstanding advertisement for the women's game.
Ogimi scored when she scrambled the ball home after French keeper Sarah Bouhaddi fumbled a long freekick from Japan skipper Aya Miyama after 32 minutes.
Japan doubled the lead with a well-directed header from Mizuho Sakaguchi in the 49th from another Miyama freekick.
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(Jiji Press )