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Argentina hold Japan for historic first W/Cup point

Argentina hold Japan for historic first W/Cup point

"I'm not going to shy from saying we were up against a superior side, a world power and on the pitch it was a very hard match we had to run loads", Argentina captain and player of the match Estefania Banini said afterwards.

The Argentines have everything to do to advance from their group that contains three teams ranked inside the top 20 in the world however one player who could demonstrate essential to their odds is rising star Milagros Menendez. Australia has been the team, that Argentina played the last match against.

"We had to keep ourselves back and focused, and be very, very organised with that sort of attitude to come out with a counter-attack. It was satisfying to gain a point in this World Cup".

Kumi Yokoyama forced a good save from Correa who could only push the ball to the feet of Yuika Sugasawa, but she skied her effort as another chance went begging.

"This point for us is really important", Banini said. "We are starting on our way and just starting to face up to these powerful forces in football".

Argentina offered little threat but was compact and tough for 2011 champion Japan to break down.

After an opening half with few opportunities, Japan missed a chance to take the lead in the 50th minute. For a team that were inactive for nearly 1,000 days from 2015 and who had never secured a point in the tournament before Monday, this draw was an historic one.

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"We knew that if we opened up, we would get hurt".

It was a subdued evening at Parc des Princes, with the 48,000-capacity stadium just over half full - a far cry from the raucous atmosphere during host France's 4-0 win against South Korea on Friday night. Argentina vs Japan match will be telecast on Sony ESPN and Sony ESPN HD TV channels.

The next match is on June 14 against England in their second group match.

The intensity was raised at the start of the second-half as Japan sought a breakthrough. It was Buchanan's fourth global goal.

Sinclair sits at 181 goals, trailing only former US forward Abby Wambach, who had 184 goals in global competition to set the record among men and women.

Cameroon was a surprise at the 2015 World Cup, advancing out of the group stage before falling to China in the round of 16.