The Young Nadeshiko are through to the semi-finals of the 2012 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup following a very convincing victory against South Korea. Hanae Shibata once again justified her selection ahead of Kumi Yokoyama, first beating Jeon Ha-Neul to a superb Asuka Nishikawa pass to roll the ball past the goalkeeper into the empty net, and then scoring her second with a sumptuous twenty yard finish, which came after excellent build-up play on the right and a delightful pass from Mina Tanaka.
In between Shibata’s goals, Jeoun Eun-Ha had levelled the scores for South Korea, Lee Geum-Min’s trickery on the left enabling her to evade the attentions of Hikari Takagi and float a cross for an unmarked Jeoun to head home from six yards. Yōko Tanaka, however, took her tally to five in the competition eight minutes before half-time. Takagi exchanged passes with Mina Tanaka before driving to the by-line, and her pull back provided the INAC Kobe Leonessa midfielder with the simplest of finishes from six yards.
Japan will meet Germany in the semi-final, to be played on 4 September at the National Olympic Stadium, kick-off 19:30 JST.
Shibata 8′, 19′
Tanaka Y 37′
Jeoun E-H 15′
(Match played 30 August 2012)