England lost a Women’s World Cup semifinal soccer game against Japan on Wednesday after English player Laura Bassett accidentally kicked the ball into England's goal in the final 90 seconds (video below).
The game was tied 1-1 when Bassett tried to block a pass between two Japanese players, but accidentally kicked the ball at her team's goalie, notes Yahoo! (video below).
England's coach Mark Sampson later said:
Laura Bassett’s name is on that score sheet, but she’s epitomized this England team this tournament. She’s been courageous, strong, kept this group together. She didn’t deserve that. But she’ll be looked upon as a hero, an absolute hero. That’s what people will remember, the Laura Bassett who headed and blocked and tackled and kept this team together.
ESPN reports some of the reactions on Twitter:
Absolutely gutted for #ENG...they deserved that game. @laurabassett6, hold ur head high. I hope the country finally embraces this team.
You've still made us proud @England ladies. #Lionesses #ENG
Despite the gut-wrenching nature of the defeat, England's women were terrific and should hold their heads high. Great effort!
Absolutely devastated for @laurabassett6 We all make mistakes and I hope she doesn't let this define her.
Dear @laurabassett6 You've been amazing. UR fight&determination are your true character.I know the pain of an own goal but it won't define U
Japan's coach Norio Sasaki said via translator, "But that's the game of soccer. And at the end, we were able to obtain such a dramatic goal," notes ESPN FC.
England will play Germany in the third-place match on Saturday, while Japan will take on the U.S.