Saitama: Japan’s Tokyo Olympics Women’s Football tournament came to an end after the Nadeshiko fell to a 3-1 defeat to Sweden in the quarter-finals on Friday.
Japan fought valiantly after going behind early but eventually had to concede to Sweden's superiority with the European side to face Australia in the semi-finals.
It was always going to be hard for Japan against a Swedish side who have not lost a match in more than 16 months but Asako Takakura's side gave the tie their all and walked away with their heads held high despite the tears that flowed at the end of the match.
Tokyo Olympics: Takakura hails Japan spirit despite Sweden heartbreak
Saitama: Head coach Asako Takakura hailed her players’ performance after Japan’s Tokyo Olympics Women’s Football campaign came to an end in the quarter-finals on Friday.
The Nadeshiko, despite struggling to produce their customary high standards, squeezed into the last eight as one of the two best third-placed teams but ultimately found Sweden a mountain too high to conquer as the hosts fell to a 3-1 defeat.
Magdalena Eriksson opened the scoring for Sweden in the seventh minute with Mina Tanaka equalising in the 23rd but the European side - unbeaten in more than 16 months - turned on the power in the second half with Stina Blackstenius and Kosovare Asllani (penalty) taking them through to a semi-final against Australia.
Tokyo Olympics: Kerr delighted after Australia prevail in Kashima classic against Great Britain
Ibaraki: Australia’s Sam Kerr was full of joy after her side pulled off a sensational 4-3 extra-time win over Great Britain in their Tokyo Olympics Women's Football quarter-final on Friday.
Trailing 2-1 with less than two minutes remaining, the Matildas stayed in the contest thanks to last-gasp Kerr equaliser, setting the scene for a wild, seesawing period of extra time at the Kashima Stadium.
Sanchez looks ahead after Qatar's great Gold Cup campaign
Austin: Head coach Felix Sanchez gave his side full marks after Qatar's run in the 2021 Gold Cup came to an end on Thursday.
The reigning AFC Asian Cup champions matched the United States for the most part of their semi-final but were finally undone by Gyasi Zardes' 86th minute winner.
The final result may well have been different had Hassan Al Haydos converted a 54th minute penalty, which could have taken Qatar into the final against Mexico but Sanchez had no regrets as the West Asian side continue their preparations for the FIFA World Cup Finals 2022 on home soil.
AFC Champions League (East) centralised matches to be staged in Korea Republic
Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has today confirmed that the AFC Champions League 2021 (East) – Quarter-final and Semi-final single-leg centralised matches will be held in Jeonju, Korea Republic from October 17 to 20, 2021.
The race to the AFC Champions League Quarter-finals will take centrestage on September 14 with the commencement of the Round of 16 (East) battles, which will see reigning champions Ulsan Hyundai FC take on Japan's Kawasaki Frontale, while Daegu FC, who will be appearing in the Round of 16 for the first time, will face-off against Nagoya Grampus on the same day.
Jordan to host AFC Women’s Club Championship 2021 – Pilot Tournament
Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has confirmed that the Jordan Football Association (JFA) will host the upcoming AFC Women’s Club Championship – Pilot Tournament, in a milestone decision which marks the first time a Continental women’s club competition will take place in West Asia.
In addition, the four participating clubs have also been confirmed with host side Amman Club, FC Bunyodkor from Uzbekistan, Islamic Republic of Iran’s Shahrdari Sirjan and Gokulam Kerala FC from India scheduled to compete for Continental supremacy from November 7 to 12, 2021 at the Aqaba Development Corporate Stadium in the country’s capital of Amman.