Yukinari Sugawara, Taisei Miyashiro and Soichiro Kozuki scored for Group E runner-up Japan, which was aiming to reach the quarterfinals for the third time, while England converted all five of its penalty kicks to advance.
"We have talked about it (tie-breakers) yesterday".
"It's great when you win on penalties but it's also the harshest way to lose on penalties". Their stay in Kolkata remained flawless with three group stage wins and this round of 16 triumph.
Overwhelmed by the support he received in Kolkata, Cooper said that would love to come back to Kolkata. "The crowd here has been awesome; such attendances are such good experience for players in development tournaments". It's been awesome attendance here, so good for players for players and all the teams to play in front of such a crowd atmosphere in a developmental tournament like this.
Cooper admitted the game against Japan was very tough, adding he was happy the team did not leak goals and kept a clean sheet. Japan will feel hard done by. Yes, Japan had a few shots from the edge of the penalty area but they didn't have clear cut chances because of how we defended around the box.
"We have two targets: to do as well as we can in each tournament that we play and to ensure these players' long-term development", he added. We created chances. This is a really tough tournament, all the teams to progress we need the luck. Little by little we started getting better after getting through the first half where our focus was to defend.
Goalkeeper Anderson, who plays for Manchester City, stepping out to take a penalty moments after saving one was part of the plan, Cooper said.