Chonburi: Japan maintained their record of qualifying for every FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, beating China PR by a Momo Nakao goal to secure third place at the AFC U-16 Women’s Championship in Thailand.
Seen by a Finals record crowd of 1,677, Nakao’s powerful second half strike made all the difference against a committed China PR, and came after Japan had missed a penalty just before half-time.
The result means Naoki Kusunose’s side will return to a competition where they have reached three finals – becoming FIFA U-17 world champions in 2014.
Japan made three changes to the team who lost on penalties to Korea Republic, including four-goal substitute Tomoko Tanaka, who was reinstated to Naoki Kusunose’s starting 11 for the first time since claiming Player of the Match honours against Bangladesh in the group stage......
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