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U-19 Japan Women's National Team suffers first loss of the tournament against Asian rival – The 2nd SUD Ladies Cup

13 May 2019

U-19 Japan Women's National Team suffers first loss of the tournament against Asian rival – The 2nd SUD Ladies Cup

The 2nd SUD Ladies Cup vs U-19 DPR Korea Women's National Team
Sun. 12 May 2019 12:30 (Local time) Match Duration 90mins (45mins x2)
Stade D' Honneur, France

U-19 Japan Women's National Team 0-1 (0-0, 0-1) U-19 DPR Korea Women's National Team

Scores
45+1' goal against (U-19 DPR Korea Women's National Team)

Starting Line-up
GK: CHIKAZAWA Rena
DF: ITO Sara, FUNAKI Nodoka, TABATA Haruna, MATSUDA Shino
MF: MORITA Misaki, NAKAO Momo, KANNO Oto, MIURA Haruka
FW: OSAWA Haruka, TAKEDA Nanako

Reserves
GK: TANAKA Momoko, OHBA Shu
DF: SHIRAI Himeno, GOTO Wakaba, NAGAE Ibuki
MF: TAKEDA Asumi, KATO Momo, MIZUNO Fukina
FW: KOJIMA Seira, IMADA Sara, HIROSAWA Maho

Substitution
61' MIURA Haruka → GOTO Wakaba
64' TAKEDA Nanako → KOJIMA Seira

Match Report

On Sunday 12 May, the U-19 Japan Women's National Team faced the U-19 DPR Korea Women's National Team in their third match of the 2nd SUD Ladies Cup.

In the match between the two Asian sides, it was DPR Korea who took the initiative. While Japan was forced to be in the defensive end in the early minutes of the match, their first offensive opportunity came in the 19th minute, when OSAWA Haruka connected with a cross sent by KANNO Oto to strike a header, but her attempt sailed wide of the goal. Just before the end of the first half, DPR Korea scored the opening goal from a corner kick to enter halftime with a 1-0 lead.

With the match being played under a very windy condition, the Japanese players struggled to find their rhythm. In order to change the dynamics of the match, Japan brought in GOTO Wakaba for MIURA Haruka in the 61st minute, followed by another substitution made in the 64th minute to bring in KOJIMA Seira for TAKEDA Nanako. Japan finally picked up their pace after the 75th minute mark, as a close opportunity was created by MORITA Misaki in the 78th minute, but her cross couldn’t connect with her teammates in the box. In the 80th minute, Japan forced a turnover in the midfield to initiate a short counter, but the shot taken by Kojima went over the crossbar. In efforts to level the match, Japan continued to attack, but fell short from scoring the equaliser, as the match ended with a final score of 0-1.

The U-19 Japan Women's National Team will now face the U-19 Haiti Women's National Team in their fourth match of the tournament on Wednesday 15 May at 15:00 (local time).

Players' Comments

GK #18 CHIKAZAWA Rena (Waseda University)
Before entering our match today, we thoroughly went over our game plans against DPR Korea’s offence and defence. Despite the strong wind, I feel like we managed to keep our composure and stay focused throughout the match. Among the three matches we’ve played, I think we were able to communicate the most in today’s match. However, it was very disappointing that we couldn’t earn the win. I know what our tasks are as a team and as an individual, so we will make the necessary adjustments to win the remaining two matches.

MF #19 MORITA Misaki (Okayama Sakuyo High School)
The wind was blowing so strong from the first half, and we struggled to move the ball around as we planned. I personally made some mistakes and lost the physical battles, so this match has given me many tasks to work on. The fact that we conceded a goal from a set-play tells us that we need to improve on that aspect. We must learn from this loss and make the adjustments to win the remaining two matches.

Schedule

SUD Ladies Cup
Wed. 8 May 3-2 1st Match vs U-19 Mexico Women's National Team
(Salon de Provence / Stade D’ Honneur)
Thu. 9 May AM/PM Training
Fri. 10 May 11-0 2nd Match vs U-19 Gabon Women's National Team
(Fos-sur-Mer / Stade de L'allee Des Pins)
Sat. 11 May AM/PM Training
Sun. 12 May 0-1 3rd Match vs U-19 DPR Korea Women's National Team
(Salon de Provence / Stade D’ Honneur)
Mon. 13 May AM/PM Training
Tue. 14 May AM/PM Training
Wed. 15 May 15:00 4th Match vs U-19 Haiti Women's National Team
(Chateaurenard / Stade Pierre De Coubertin)
Thu. 16 May AM/PM Training
Fri. 17 May AM/PM Training
Sat. 18 May 17:30 5th Match vs U-19 France Women's National Team
(Salon de Provence / Stade D’ Honneur)
Sun. 19 May AM/PM Training

*Local time
*The schedule is subject to change due to the team condition, the weather, etc.

Sud Ladies Cup 2019

Tournament Dates: Wed. 8 - Sat. 18 May 2019

Tournament Information

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