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England v Japan as it happened

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By Jessica Creighton

1915: It's all gone to plan for England. As the sun goes down over the Augsburg Arena, England will feel pleased with their performance against a strong Japan side. Just so you know, Mexico ended up drawing 2-2 with New Zealand. Both will go out. That's it from me. Join me on Saturday as when I'll be taking you through the first round of the knockouts. Tschuss.

Full time
1904: It's all hugs, smiles and dancing from the England players as the final whistle blows. After a stuttering start from the Lionesses in their first game against Mexico, they sit at the top of Group B with this 2-0 victory. France or Germany await in the quarter-finals.

1900: Big round of applause from England fans in Augsburg as Ellen White is replaced by Laura Bassett. Even the subs bench gave her high-fives. You know you've played well when the subs high-five you. Two minutes of added time to play.

1858: Fives minutes of normal time to go. England are holding it together and playing reasonably comfortably. Hope Powell is still on the edge of her technical area, though, shouting instructions.

From onepoint21gw on Twitter: "limited use of Sophie Bradley's long throw tonight, might be key in future games?!"

Five Live commentator Nigel Adderley: "You can almost see the England players starting to believe they can make an impact in this World Cup. Defended well, scored great goals."

1847: They're 2-0 up but still working hard. England have one foot in the quarter-finals against either France or Germany on Saturday. They'll need to keep hold of the ball though. Japan look dangerous when in possession.

Hope Powell does it again. She has you questioning her substitution decisions and then they come on and score. It was pure quality from Yankey. England's most capped player controls the ball beautifully from Unitt's cross to set herself up with a one-on-one with the Japan goalie, which she chips neatly into the goal.

1833: GOALFLASH England 2-0 Japan (Yankey)

1832: All hands on deck for England, they're soaking up pressure. A seemingly worn out Kelly Smith is replaced by Eni Aluko for England.

1828: Sharp intake of breath from the fans inside the stadium as Japan almost equalise again. Japan have really been on the attack since the second half kicked off. And they're getting closer.

From Iainfordyce17 on Twitter: "Clever from Powell bring off Jess Clarke who we all know can cause trouble for opponents. Keep her safe for the next round!"

1820: Fantastic ball into the England danger area from a Japan freekick. Nagasato loses her marker needing only a tap-in to draw her team level, but the ball trickles wide.

1815: Interesting. Clarke, who was having a decent game for England, is replaced by Rachel Yankey. We should be weary of questioning Powell's substitutions, she seems to have got it right every time so far. Second half is underway.

BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan in Augsburg: "Have England finally found their feet in this tournament? Very good half with lots of positives for Hope Powell's side from front to back. Karen Carney, Jill Scott and Ellen White have impressed."

Five Live commentator Nigel Adderley: "England lead 1-0 after 45 minutes which justified Hope Powell's selection and given the fans real reasons for optimism."

Half time
1800: England boss Powell looks content. Just about. Solid first half for England. Japan have made chances and looked dangerous at times but been unable to convert.

1752: Ellen White is at it again. A teasing Clarke cross into the box is met with an acrobatic overhead volley from White. Just tipped over. The England number nine is looking lively indeed.

1748: Speaking of slip ups. A scramble in the England box nearly gifted Japan a goal but Bradley, another World Cup debutant, is there to clear the danger.

1746: Can you believe Mexico have scored again? Las Aztecas are now 2-0 up against New Zealand. Of course, this won't worry England too much as they're currently sitting top of the group. But they can't afford any slip ups.

1740: Well, that goal has seemingly calmed any English nerves on the pitch. Japan are far from out of this though. They love to keep hold of the ball, pass it around. England are finding it hard to get the ball back.

From tim_woodhouse on Twitter: "That's the quality we were expecting from this team! Wow! Is that the turning point of the tournament?!"

BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan in Augsburg: "Karen Carney was the architect of that goal with a great pass, but Ellen White still had work to do. Great finish. If it stays like this England top the group and maybe avoid Germany. Or maybe not.".

Sublime. And I mean sublime lob from World Cup debutant Ellen White. The Arsenal Ladies striker gave the Japan keeper, Kaihori, no chance with a dazzling strike from inside the box. England are currently top of their group with that goal.

1729: GOALFLASH England 1-0 Japan (E. White)

1720: The Lionesses have made a bright start with Clarke and Alex Scott enjoying space down the right. The Japanese are looking very organised though, England may find it hard to break down their defence.

1715: And they're off in Augsburg. But meanwhile in Sinsheim Mexico are 1-0 up against New Zealand. As it stands England will still go through, but I'm sure Powell and her staff will be keeping a close eye on that one. As will I.

Five Live commentator Nigel Adderley: "I understand now that Fara Williams has been left out for the same reason as Faye White - fitness rather than a specific injury."

1652: England v Japan line-ups:
Karen Bardsley, Alex Scott, Rachel Unitt, Sophie Bradley, Casey Stoney, Jill Scott, Jess Clarke, Anita Asante, Ellen White, Kelly Smith, Karen Carney.
Subs: Chamberlain, Faye White, Williams, Yankey, Aluko, Houghton, Bassett, Susi, Rafferty, Brown.
Japan:Kaihori, Kinga, Iwashimizu, Kumagai, Sameshima, Sakaguchi, Miyama, Sawa, Ando, Ono, Nagasato.
Subs: Yamago, Yano, Kawasumi, Utsugi, Kamionobe, Tanaka, Maruyama, Takase, Iwabuchi, Fukumoto.
Referee: Carol Anne Chenard (Canada).

1704: Interesting move by Hope Powell resting her captain before they've made the next round. Risky? Powell made super substitutions to win the last game against New Zealand. We shall find out whether these changes will again reap rewards. Don't forget to hit F5 on your keyboards and refresh the screen to see pictures at the top of the page.

BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan in Augsburg: "Four changes to England team that began against New Zealand. Karen Carney and Jess Clarke start after impressing in the second half against the Kiwis. Fara Williams is rested so Anita Asante replaces her, as is skipper Faye White for Sophie Bradley in the centre of defence. Japan are unchanged."

1657: England need a draw to claim second spot in Group B and a place in the quarter finals. Their opposition won't be decided until later tonight following the showdown between joint top runners in Group A, France and…. uh-oh Germany. But worry not. We'll let you know as soon as we do.

1654: Many of the people I spoke to before England embarked on this World Cup campaign said they could reach the latter stages of the tournament if they managed to avoid reigning champions Germany. Tough going as Germany are in England's half of the draw.

1648: I'm Jessica Creighton and I'll be your host. Keep me company - tweet me your thoughts (via hashtag #bbcfootball ) or @Jess_BBCSport. And text me your grumblings to 81111 (UK) with FOOTBALL before your message.

1645: Guten Tag from an eerily empty BBC Sport office in London. Many of my colleagues have already made the move north to Salford leaving me free to dance, prance and pirouette my way through the office when (or if) a goal is scored.

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