She came back in 2017 and it still seemed unlikely because of where Argentina stood.
"Basically we couldn't play any other way against this team", said Carlos Borrello, the Argentina manager. Of course, we have to keep a very solid defense, but we don't want to play defensive football.
Five minutes later Yui Hasegawa sliced an effort wide of the mark after a clever Risa Shimizu stepover afforded her space five yards out. We had to stay back and be very, very organized and then come out with some counter attacks.
Christine Sinclair (R, top) of Canada vies with Marlyse Ngo Ndoumbouk (2nd L) of Cameroon during the group E match between Canada and Cameroon at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in Montpellier, France on June 10, 2019.
Japan dominated possession in the first half but was largely kept at arm's length by Argentina's backline.
"It's the World Cup. But the players were cautious today", Takakura said.
Hasegawa nearly broke the deadlock in stoppage time following a defensive mix-up, but her close-range effort was pushed away by goalkeeper Vanina Correa and Argentina held out to celebrate their draw.
As the game moved into added time, Japan pressed for a victor but when Hasegawa's inswinger was collected by Correa, history was made.
Since the group stage only eliminates eight of the 24 teams, the draw leaves Japan and Argentina needing one victory in their next two games.
In a group with Japan and England, Argentina looked like one of the biggest long shots to advance and it probably still is, but Argentina played a ideal upset-manufacturing style. "We were up against a real football force".
That there were tears at full-time and the Argentines entered the press mixed zone soon after singing "Vamos Argentina" was telling of the importance this feat held to the underdogs, who last appeared at a World Cup in 2007.
"We've still got two teams to face and they're going to be really competitive", said Banini.
Buchanan charged into the box on a corner kick and her header bounced into the goal.