Japan Women 2-1 Scotland Women: Shelley Kerr’s side’s World Cup hopes hang by a thread following narrow def

Scotland suffered a second defeat in as many matches in Group D at the Women’s World Cup after they were beaten 2-1 by Japan in Rennes.

Just like when they lost to England in their opening match on Sunday, Shelley Kerr’s side found themselves 2-0 down in the first-half before pulling a goal back late in the game.

Scotland’s hopes of staying in the competition hang by a thread

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Scotland’s hopes of staying in the competition hang by a thread

Japan took the lead in the 23rd minute at Roazhon Park via a Mana Iwabuchi strike, and their advantage was extended in the 37th by a penalty won and converted by Yuika Sugasawa.

Scotland may well view the decision to award the spot-kick as harsh and they subsequently had two penalty appeals turned down after the break, and hit the post through Erin Cuthbert, before substitute Lana Clelland’s fine strike made it 2-1 with two minutes of normal time remaining.

Sugasawa’s goal gave Scotland a mountain to climb

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Sugasawa’s goal gave Scotland a mountain to climb

Kerr’s team need to beat Argentina in their final group game on Wednesday to have any chance of progressing into the last 16.

England take on Argentina tonight at 8pm – a game you can listen to LIVE on talkSPORT.