WATCH: England Loses World Cup Semifinal to Japan in Heartbreaking Fashion

By David Kenyon

There are few feelings more deflating in the game of soccer than allowing an own goal.

Sending the ball into your own net in the semifinal of World Cup action is one example of a more painful, disastrous moment.

In the 92nd minute of a 1-1 tie against defending champion Japan, England defender Laura Bassett attempted to clear a well-placed cross, but her ill-fated deflection crossed the goal line and gave Japan a 2-1 lead.

England had one final attack, but a panicked volley bounced wide left and sealed Japan’s victory.

Japan advanced to the World Cup Final and will take on the United States, which is a rematch of the 2011 championship. The U.S. knocked off Germany 2-0 to reach the Final.

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