Amanda Ilestedt gave Sweden the lead in the 32nd minute with a header from a corner, and Filippa Angeldahl doubled the advantage in the 51st minute with a penalty. Japan pulled a goal back through Honoka Hayashi in the 86th minute, but they couldn’t find an equaliser as Sweden held on for the win.
The victory was a deserved one for Sweden, who were the better team for most of the match. They created more chances and had more possession, and they were able to defend resolutely when Japan did threaten.
Sweden’s goalkeeper Zecira Musovic was particularly impressive, making a number of crucial saves to deny Japan. She also saved a penalty from Riko Ueki in the 76th minute.
The win means that Sweden have reached the semi-finals of the Women’s World Cup for the fifth time. They will face Spain in the semi-finals on Wednesday.
This was a close and exciting match, with both teams creating chances. Sweden were the better team for most of the match, but Japan showed great resilience in the second half. In the end, Sweden just had too much quality for Japan, and they deserved to win.
Sweden will be confident of reaching the final after this win. They have a strong team with a lot of experience, and they have been playing some great football in this tournament. Spain will be a tough test, but Sweden will be up for the challenge.