A thoroughly one-sided 4-0 victory for Japan contained two expertly taken free-kicks by Yōko Tanaka, scoring first with her right foot and then placing the second set piece into the opposite corner of the goal with her left. The midfielder was outstanding in a match where several players shone for the Young Nadeshiko, Kumi Yokoyama’s vision and individual skill matched by the touch and technique of Hikaru Naomoto, while Hanae Shibata’s movement and late runs across midfield proved very difficult for the Swiss defence to track. The victory would have been even more comprehensive save for the superb goalkeeping of Nadine Böni and a number of shots finding the woodwork, and Japan end Group A in first place. Japan will face South Korea in the FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup quarter-final, to be played on 30 August at the National Olympic Stadium, kick-off 19:30 JST.
Tanaka Y 30′, 47′
Naomoto 84′ (pen.)
(Matches played 26 August 2012)