Soccer

Defending World Cup champion Japan beats the Netherlands 2-1 to reach Saturday quarterfinal

  • Japan's Shinobu Ohno tries to get the ball past Netherlands goalkeeper Loes Geurts, left, during the first half of a round of 16 soccer match at the FIFA Women's World Cup, Tuesday, June 23, 2015, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)

    Japan's Shinobu Ohno tries to get the ball past Netherlands goalkeeper Loes Geurts, left, during the first half of a round of 16 soccer match at the FIFA Women's World Cup, Tuesday, June 23, 2015, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Netherlands' Manon Melis (7) fights for control of the ball with Japan's Saori Ariyoshi (19) during the first half of a round of 16 soccer match at the FIFA Women's World Cup, Tuesday, June 23, 2015, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)

    Netherlands' Manon Melis (7) fights for control of the ball with Japan's Saori Ariyoshi (19) during the first half of a round of 16 soccer match at the FIFA Women's World Cup, Tuesday, June 23, 2015, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • CORRECTS PHOTOGRAPHER - Netherlands goalkeeper Loes Geurts, left, is challenged by Japan's Shinobu Ohno during the first half of a round of 16 soccer match at the FIFA Women's World Cup, Tuesday, June 23, 2015, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

    CORRECTS PHOTOGRAPHER - Netherlands goalkeeper Loes Geurts, left, is challenged by Japan's Shinobu Ohno during the first half of a round of 16 soccer match at the FIFA Women's World Cup, Tuesday, June 23, 2015, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Mizhuo Sakaguchi scored what turned out to be the deciding goal in the 78th minute on a pretty left-footed shot from the top of the 18-yard box, and defending Women's World Cup champion Japan held off a late attack to beat the Netherlands 2-1 on Tuesday night and reach the quarterfinal.

Kirsten van de Ven scored for the Dutch in extra time when the ball went off goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori's right arm. Three additional minutes were added to the clock.

Sakaguchi scored shortly after Japan nearly had an own goal. Sherida Spitse took a corner in the 76th and the ball deflected off Aya Sameshima toward her own net when Kaihori punched it away with her right fist.

Saori Ariyoshi scored from the top of the box in the 10th minute for Japan's initial goal.