Japan's goalkeeper commits the howler of the year after forgetting she can use her hands

Ayumi Kaihori won’t want to see this one again.

Kaihori knew she had made a howler.
Kaihori knew she had made a howler.

IF YOU HAVE a newborn baby, don’t let Japan’s Ayumi Kaihori anywhere near her.

Japan moved through to the quarter finals of the Women’s World Cup last night, after defeating the Netherlands 2-1 thanks to this stunning team effort, but the game will also be remembered for the absolute howler their keeper made in the dying embers of the game.

With Japan 2-0 up in injury time, Holland launched the ball forward in search of a goal to give themselves a half chance of a sensational comeback.

The ball was crossed into Kirsten van de Ven, but her tame header bounced comfortably into the path of the keeper.

However, Kaihori was fast asleep on her goalline, showing the reflexes of a sloth to allow the ball bounce off her chest, before eventually diving after it, as it fell into the net.

Luckily for Kaihori, that goal proved to be just a consoilation, as the World Champions held on to book their place in the quarter-finals against Australia this Saturday.

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