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Why everyone is talking about goalkeepers at the Women's World Cup

(CNN)Talking to the BBC at half-time with his side 1-0 up, England coach Phil Neville said that his team was facing the best goalkeeper at the Women's World Cup. The evidence over 90 minutes to back up the Englishman's claim was compelling. Japan may have ultimately fallen to a 2-0 defeat to England in its final group game, but goalkeeper Ayaka Yamashita certainly stood out, as has many a goalkeeper in this tournament. Were it not for the goalkeeper's acrobatics in Nice the defeat to an England team which has now won eight matches in a row at major tournaments -- and qualified from the group stages of a World Cup with a 100% record for the first time in its history -- would certainly have been heavier. In the first half the 23-year-old mad ...