Australia will defend their title against Japan in the AFC Women’s Asian Cup 2014 final on 25 May 2014.
Japan had to defeat China PR in their semi-final in order to progress. Homare Sawa gave the World Cup holders the lead in the 51st minute but in the 80th minute Li Dongna successfully converted a penalty kick to give China the equaliser. The game went into extra time and look as if we were sure to see a penalty shoot-out. However, in added time, Azusa Iwashimizu headed home a Miyama corner in what must have been the last touch of the game. The dramatic finish books Japan’s place in the final and gives them another chance of winning the AFC Women’s Asian Cup trophy for the first time.
Australia faced Korea Republic in their semi-final. The Matildas took the lead through Katrina Gorry but Park Eun-sun equalised six minutes later from the penalty spot. Elise Kellond-Knight netted the winning goal that ensured the defending champions progress through to the final of the AFC Women’s Asian Cup 2014.
These two sides have already met in the group stages the outcome of which was a 2-2 draw.
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