FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup: Group C MD 3 Results and Table

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.

 

Japan
Shimizu 8′
Narumiya 18′ (Pen.)
Shiraki 22′, 29′
Inoue 28′, 56′
Sugita 69′
Momiki 79′
Nakamura 86′
9 Mexico
0
New Zealand
Jensen 4′
Own Goal 45’+1
Puketapu 77′
3 Brazil
Bianca 10′
Brena 26′
Andressa 35′ (Pen.)
Camila 55′
4

(Matches played 30 September 2012)

Team P W D L F A GD Pts
Japan 3 3 0 0 17 0 +17 9
Brazil 3 2 0 1 5 8 -3 6
Mexico 2 1 0 2 1 10 -9 3
New Zealand 3 0 0 3 3 8 -5 0

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.

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FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup: Group C MD 2 Results and Table

 

Japan eventually ran out comfortable winners in their penultimate group game of the 2012 FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup, but they were made to work by a technically limited, determined New Zealand team deliberately organised to nullify the attacking talents of the Little Nadeshiko.

Head Coach Hiroshi Yoshida chose to rest five players from the side which cruised to a 5-0 victory over Brazil in their opening fixture, and made wholesale changes to the traditional three-player attacking midfield which saw Yuka Momiki, Hina Sugita and Miki Ito present in the starting line-up. Japan’s superiority in dominating territory and possession was once again evident, but Paul Temple’s team were frequently able to stifle Japan in the latter third of the pitch through a tightly packed defense and midfield, Hannah Carlsen and Daisy Cleverley particularly effective in ensuring angled passes and dribbles through the centre of the pitch were blocked.

While Rin Sumida should have converted a chance early on, a lengthy and artful passage of ball retention, recycling and distribution eventually leading to Yuka Momiki driving a cross along the six-yard area which was missed by the centre midfielder, very few clear chances presented themselves in the first period, and the outstanding Lily Alfeld was on hand in the New Zealand goal to first deny Hina Sugita and then Sumida in making two excellent saves to ensure the tie remained goalless.

Two changes altered the complexion of play in the second period. The left-back Laura Merrin, who had rendered the lively Ito largely ineffectual, was stretchered off towards the end of the first period after a nasty collision with one of her own defenders, and Ito was withdrawn at half-time for Yui Hasegawa. Hasegawa’s influence on play was immediate, and she scored the first of her two goals on sixty minutes. Momiki’s outswinging corner wasn’t dealt with by the New Zealand defence, and an accidental touch from Saka Ishii enabled Hasegawa to guide a shot into the bottom left-corner, Alfeld unable to push the ball around her right upright.

With twelve minutes to play Hasegawa doubled the lead, collecting a pass from Sumida and breaking infield before finding the top of the net with a swerving 22-yard effort. Japan wrapped up the victory and the three points in the third minute of stoppage time, Megan Lee bundling over Sumida in the penalty area, and Sumida stepped up to place the spot kick beyond the reach of Alfeld.

Japan will top Group C provided they avoid a crushing defeat against Mexico, and should they emerge as group victors they will face the Runner-up of a very competitive Group D in the quarter-finals, as they attempt to go one place better than in the 2010 edition of the competition.

 

Mexico
0 Brazil
Byanca 82′
1
Japan
Hasegawa 60′, 78′
Sumida (Pen.) 90’+3
3 New Zealand
0

(Matches played 26 September 2012)

Team P W D L F A GD Pts
Japan 2 2 0 0 8 0 +8 6
Mexico 2 1 0 1 1 1 +0 3
Brazil 2 1 0 1 1 5 -4 3
New Zealand 2 0 0 2 0 4 -4 0

FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup: Group C MD 1 Results and Table

 

The Little Nadeshiko opened their 2012 FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup account in emphatic fashion, as they romped to a 5-0 victory over Brazil in Baku, Azerbaijan. In typical fashion Japan dominated possession and chances created, seeing nearly two-thirds of the ball while finding the target double the number of times as Brazil, and happily Japan married a finishing touch that has been lacking on occasion across their national teams to their ever-present technique.

Japan took the lead with just two minutes on the clock. Yui Hasegawa’s arcing shot rebounded off the crossbar, and with three of her teammates in close attendance and a Brazilian defence almost wholly absent Rika Masuya was left a simple finish from three yards. Fifteen minutes later Hiroshi Yoshida’s side extended their advantage, Hasegawa expertly guiding a pass into Masuya’s path, and she placed the ball beyond Nicole’s dive into the bottom left corner for her second of the match.

Two became three shortly after the restart, as Nicole palmed a delivery away from under her crossbar, the ball merely falling to a loitering Yui Narumiya to prod the ball home from close range. Substitute Hina Sugita scored the fourth, collecting a fine crossfield pass before turning inside Julia and firing past the Brazilian goalkeeper, and Narumiya rounded off an excellent opening performance for the Little Nadeshiko with a solo effort, swerving past two defenders and smashing a shot against the crossbar, then driving the rebound high into the net.

Japan next meet New Zealand on 26 September, and victory against the Young Football Ferns will all but guarantee their progress to the quarter-final stage.

Mexico
Perez 36′
1 New Zealand
0
Japan
Masuya 2′, 17′
Narumiya 49′, 67′
Sugita 63′
5 Brazil
0

(Matches played 23 September 2012)

Team P W D L F A GD Pts
Japan 1 1 0 0 5 0 +5 3
Mexico 3 1 0 0 1 0 +1 3
New Zealand 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 0
Brazil 1 0 0 1 0 5 -5 0