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Japan vs. Sweden for place in WWCup final

Japan vs. Sweden for place in WWCup final

Japan carries memories of the devastation the tsunami heaped on its country into every game at this Women's World Cup.
In sharp contrast, Sweden's march through the tournament has been as carefree as the twirling, joyous team dance that accompanies every victory.
But in Wednesday's semifinal at Frankfurt's Commerzbank Arena, the difference visible on the pitch will be tactical: the "Japanese game" of close passing and intricate dribbling versus the sweeping moves and physical play of the roaming Sweden.
Japan sprung the surprise of the tournament by eliminating Germany 1-0 in extra time Saturday, with Sweden following it up with a routine 3-1 elimination of outsider Australia a day later.