Japan fights back to draw 2-2 with Australia in Women's Asian Cup soccer


World champions Japan scored two late goals against defending champions Australia to grab a 2-2 draw in a pulsating start at the Women's Asian Cup on Wednesday.

Goals by Caitlin Foord and Lisa De Vanna either side of half-time put Australia 2-0 up and seemingly on course for a famous win against the 2012 Olympic silver medallists.

But Japan hit back through Nahomi Kawasumi on 69 minutes and with seven minutes remaining, Yuki Ogimi grabbed a crucial equaliser to leave it honors even in Ho Chi Minh City.

Japan are looking for their first Asian Cup win, while 2010 champions Australia are coming off a turbulent period in which coach Hesterine de Reus left following a reported player revolt.

Earlier hosts Vietnam beat Jordan 3-1 to take the early lead in Group A.

Eight-time winners China will take on Thailand, and South Korea will face Myanmar in Group B on Thursday.

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Just caught the last fifteen minutes of this. Pretty exciting stuff.

It seemed the Japanese had the stamina towards the end, but it was kind of scrappy by then so the result could easily have gone either way. Well done to both teams in the sultry heat.

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Ganbarre, Nadeshiko Japan !

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Australia was playing well, but Nadeshiko were lucky this time around. If it hadn't been for the own goal, NJ would have lost. I hope the remainder of their games will be much better. Go Nadeshiko Japan!

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zabutonsenbei, the article mentions no 'own goal'...which one was that?

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