Ellen White continued her prolific scoring streak to e book Workforce GB’s spot within the final eight on the Olympics after victory over Japan.
The striker grabbed her third aim in simply two video games to seal a nervy 1-Zero win over the hosts in Group E.
Hege Riise’s aspect knew three factors would ship them into the quarter-finals, but they had been compelled to be affected person towards an organised Japan staff.
They sit prime of Group E with six factors, forward of Canada who additionally beat Chile 2-1 on Saturday. Workforce GB play Canada for the fitting to complete prime of the group in Kashima on Tuesday.
A forgettable first half noticed Mina Tanaka drive large after 32 minutes in the one scare for Workforce GB regardless of disciplined Japan slowly taking management.
Two tame Lauren Hemp headers which dropped large had been Workforce GB’s finest probabilities throughout a cautious opening 45 minutes.
Riise’s aspect tried to select the tempo up after the break however had been stifled by the hosts, though Japan did not make a telling influence themselves.
Steph Houghton volleyed over after 63 minutes and Nikita Parris curled large quickly after as Workforce GB dominated the ball. However White quickly capitalised on a defensive error to present Workforce GB the win they deserved with 16 minutes left.
Lucy Bronze’s cross from the fitting ought to have been handled by the Japan defence however White stole in forward of goalkeeper Ayaka Yamashita to look the ball in.
Caroline Weir was near including a second when her free kick dropped a yard over with a minute left.