Captain Homare Sawa redeemed herself from a huge error by scoring the go-ahead goal in a 3-1 victory over Sweden which put Japan in the World Cup final against the United States.

On top of that, Nahomi Kawasumi rewarded her surprise call-up in the starting lineup with two goals which more than compensated for the early score of Sweden's Josefine Oqvist.

In a battle of Japan's fine skills against the thrust and hustle of Sweden, the match totally turned in the second half when Kawasumi caught Hedvig Lindahl off her line and lobbed her from 35 meters for the third goal, one of the best in a tournament full of excellent strikes.

Sweden, a perennial power in women's football, never gave up but it was the rising force of Asian football, Japan, which reached its first World Cup final.