The Little Nadeshiko’s final Group C game was one in which their domination was practically total, reflected not only in the 9-0 scoreline, but in a shot count which totaled twenty-six, seventeen of those on target, while restricting Mexico to a single effort.
Two goals apiece from Akari Shiraki and Ayaka Inoue were bookended by strikes from Risa Shimizu, Yui Maruyama, Hina Sugita, Yuka Momiki and Mizuki Kanamura. Inoue’s splendid swerving eighteen-yard strike ten minutes after the restart and Momiki’s 79th minute free-kick were the pick of several well-worked goals, with Maruyama providing two assists. Japan end Group C as winners with an impressive of tally of seventeen goals scored and none conceded, and will proceed to the quarter-final stage of the competition confident of further progress.
Narumiya 18′ (Pen.)
Shiraki 22′, 29′
Inoue 28′, 56′
Own Goal 45’+1
Andressa 35′ (Pen.)
(Matches played 30 September 2012)
Japan win Group C, and will face Ghana in the quarter-final to be held in Baku on 5 October, kick-off 16:00 BST/24:00 JST.