Cardiff, Wales – Japan took another step toward a gold medal Friday and an unprecedented World Cup-Olympics double.
Yuki Ogimi and Shinobu Ohno scored and Japan downed Brazil, 2-0, at Millennium Stadium to reach the semifinals of the women's Olympic soccer tournament.
Japan won the 2011 Women's World Cup, and could become the first nation to win the World Cup and Olympics in consecutive years.
Japan will play France in the semifinals Monday at Wembley Stadium in London, England. France beat Sweden, 2-1, in its quarterfinal. The Japanese have never won a medal in women's soccer.
Brazil failed to advance to the semifinals for the first time in its history. Brazil finished fourth in 1996 and 2000, and won silver in 2004 and 2008.