World Cup·WOMEN'S WORLD CUP

Japan holds off Scotland to pick up 1st win

Mana Iwabuchi had an early goal and then Japan held off a late charge from Scotland for a 2-1 victory on Friday at the Women's World Cup. Iwabuchi, who was on the Japanese team that won the World Cup in 2011, scored in the 23rd minute to give Japan its first goal of the tournament.

Japan played to draw with Argentina in opener; Scotland has dropped both matches

Scotland's forward Claire Emslie (C) vies with Japan's midfielder Yui Hasegawa (R) during the France 2019 Women's World Cup Group D match on Friday. (Loic Venance/AFP/Getty Images)

Mana Iwabuchi had an early goal and then Japan held off a late charge from Scotland for a 2-1 victory on Friday at the Women's World Cup.

Iwabuchi, who was on the Japanese team that won the World Cup in 2011, scored in the 23rd minute to give Japan its first goal of the tournament. Yuika Sugasawa converted a penalty in the 37th minute to pad the lead going into the break.

Lana Clelland's left-footed shot went into the top right corner of the net in the 87th minute as Scotland furiously worked to break through Japan's defence.

Japan played to a scoreless draw against Argentina in its opener and needed the confidence boost win with Wednesday's final group match against England looming.

Scotland has now dropped both of its matches so far in France, after opening with a 2-1 loss to England. The team will play Argentina in its group-stage final.

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