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Homare Sawa will have the chance to end her illustrious career with a trophy after Kobe INAC Leonessa downed Vegalta Sendai Ladies 2-0 in the Empress Cup semifinals on Wednesday.

The 2011 FIFA World Women’s Player of the Year, who appeared in a record six World Cups and scored 83 goals in 205 games for Japan, showed awareness and composure in the middle of the pitch in her second match since announcing her retirement last week.

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