Japan Beats Cameroon 2-1, Advances to World Cup Knockout Round

Defending champion Japan beat Cameroon 2-1 on Friday night in Vancouver to secure a place in the knockout round of the Women’s World Cup.

Aya Sameshima and Yuika Sugasawa gave Japan a lead with first-half goals before Cameroon scored late in the second half. Japan, ranked fourth by FIFA, faces Ecuador in its final Group C match on Tuesday, Canada time.

Play in the knockout round is to start June 20.