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Japan back on track with win over Scotland

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Japan bounced back with a 2-1 victory over Scotland on Friday.

Strikers Mana Iwabuchi and Yuika Sugasawa were on the scoresheet as Japan got their women's World Cup campaign back on track with a 2-1 victory over Scotland in Rennes on Friday.

Japan, champions in 2011 and finalists four years ago, were coming off a uninspiring goalless draw with lowly-ranked Argentina in their opener but looked much sharper in the attacking third against Scotland.

They got a breakthrough when striker Iwabuchi controlled a poor headed clearance from Scotland captain Rachel Corsie...

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Women's World Cup 2019: 5 takeaways from England's 2-1 win over Scotland

NICE -- England opened its 2019 Women's World Cup campaign with a narrow 2-1 win over Scotland on Sunday.

England took a comfortable two-goal lead at halftime, but as Scotland found some tempo, England found itself on the backfoot. Claire Emslie's goal with 11 minutes left made it a nervy finish.

It was a case of job done for England, while Scotland will have taken heart from its second-half showing.

Here are five takeaways from the match:

England's second-half malaise will cause concern.

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England Women claim narrow win vs. Scotland

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England's Nikita Parris and Ellen White scored first-half goals as the Lionesses defeated neighbours Scotland 2-1 on Sunday to make a strong start to their women's World Cup campaign.

Phil Neville's team emerged as early leaders of a difficult Group D after a fine attacking display against the debutants at Stade de Nice, with 2015 World Cup runners-up Japan playing their first game, against Argentina, on Monday.

England went 1-0 ahead in the 14th minute when striker Parris fired her penalty past...

2019 Women's World Cup team previews: Scotland

With the men having last reached a major tournament in 1998, Scotland is long overdue in bringing its magnificent support to the international stage. This is Scotland's first appearance at the Women's World Cup, but what the team lacks in experience at the top table, it will make up for in passion, skill and the threat of being an unknown quantity.

How they got here

Scotland topped its group in the qualifiers, but it all came down...

Scotland women reach first-ever World Cup after beating Albania to top group

Scotland qualified for the Women's World Cup for the first time in the country's history with a 2-1 victory over Albania on Tuesday.

Jane Ross scored the second goal that sealed top spot for Scotland in European qualifying Group 2 above Switzerland.

Germany, Norway and Sweden also qualified on Tuesday for the finals next year.

Fifteen of the 24 slots have been filled for the June 7-July 7 tournament in France.

France were also the hosts when Scotland's men last qualified for a major tournament,...