By Amy MacBeath
BBC Sport Scotland in France
|Women’s World Cup: Japan v Scotland|
|Venue: Roazhon Park, Rennes Date: Friday, 14 June Kick-off: 14:00 BST|
|Coverage: Peek on BBC One Scotland & BBC Alba, hear on BBC Radio Scotland, are residing text commentary on the BBC Sport web pages & app.|
Captain Rachel Corsie says it would be “naive” of Scotland to underestimate Japan of their Women’s World Cup meeting on Friday.
The Jap were held to a goalless draw by Argentina of their opening Group D match.
However Corsie warns that surprise consequence would perchance even build the extinct champions more harmful of their vital Rennes bump into.
“Japan bear had a extraordinarily salvage year,” said the Utah Royals defender.
After lifting the trophy in 2011, Japan were runners-up four years ago, and sit seventh on this planet rankings.
“They were on the SheBelieves Cup [this year] playing in opposition to the tip countries on this planet and did exceptionally effectively, so I mediate it would be naive to mediate that the next day to come will be easy,” Corsie added.
“They’re one of many wonderful teams on this planet and they deserve that recognition, you’ll want to recognize that.”
Corsie, 29, is alive to for Scotland to assign away from a repeat of their lacklustre first-half efficiency in the opening 2-1 defeat by England. Shelley Kerr’s crew were two aims down on the spoil and left themselves too necessary to get no topic Claire Emslie halving the deficit.
“It would perchance well had been very easy to again out in that 2nd half and truly feel the stress and nearly give arrangement,” Corsie said.
“There changed into once no manner we were going to let that happen and each single a form of avid gamers stepped as a lot as get again into the game – it’s going to be vital for us and again us get into the next spherical.
“I mediate you noticed how necessary we’ve grown because on the conclude of the game we were as salvage as England were.”
Corsie – who has 110 caps and 16 worldwide aims – welcomed data of the 6.1m viewing figures for Scotland’s first Women’s World Cup appearance.
“As avid gamers, we work truly arduous to raise the profile of the game,” she said.
“We’re repeatedly pushing to characteristic new standards, develop assorted boundaries and or not it’s been truly special to revel in the reception and the give a steal to.”