Heartbreak for England. Last night the English ladies team crashed out of the World Cup semi-finals in the most cruel of all possible ways. With the match balanced at 1-1 and the clock ticking down it was an injury time own goal that sealed the tie for defending champions Japan. English defender Laura Bassett tried to clear the ball out for a corner at the edge of her own box but in doing so she somehow managed to knock the ball off of the underside of the bar and in. The holders Japan looked on is astonishment as a freak own goal sent them through to the final against the USA.
The English will still feel as though they overachieved in this tournament and they now have a 3rd place playoff against Germany on Saturday.