Lieke Martens scores last-minute penalty and Dutch eliminate Japan

Lieke Martens scored from the spot in the 90th minute to add to her first-half effort in the Netherlands last-16 victory over Japan at Roazhon Park in Rennes Refereeing was again in the spotlight as a controversial late penalty put the Netherlands into a quarter-final against Italy at the expense of a Japan side in the ascendancy. In the 88th minute Vivianne Miedema smashed the ball goalwards but it rocketed off the limp arm of Saki Kumagai and the referee pointed to the spot. Lieke Martens, whose lovely backheel had given the Dutch the lead, converted. Japans manager, Asako Takakura, diplomatically blamed their lack of cutting edge in front of goal for the result but admitted she was sad at …