For Pete's Sake

England’s loss on own goal in World Cup semifinals brings outpouring of sympathy

England’s Josanne Potter (right) consoles Laura Bassett after a 2-1 loss to Japan in a semifinal in the FIFA Women’s World Cup tournament on Wednesday in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
England’s Josanne Potter (right) consoles Laura Bassett after a 2-1 loss to Japan in a semifinal in the FIFA Women’s World Cup tournament on Wednesday in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. AP

What’s the opposite of Twitter trolls?

Whatever they’re called, they came out in droves Wednesday night to show support and sympathy for England after Laura Bassett’s own goal in stoppage time cost the Lionesses the game and sent Japan to the final to face the U.S.

The 2-1 win by Japan sets up a rematch between the finalists of the 2011 World Cup. Japan beat the U.S. four years ago in Frankfurt, Germany, on penalty kicks after extra time ended in a 2-2 tie.

The U.S. earned its place in the final with a 2-0 win over Germany on Tuesday.

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