The FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 entered the knockout stages on Monday 16 October and the U-17 Japan National Team faced U-17 England on Tuesday 17.
Japan advanced out of Group E in second place with a record of one win, one loss, and one draw, while England topped Group F with three wins. England were the second best scoring team after France in the group stages and had tallied a total of 11 goals in three matches. They are formidable opponents with excellent attacking power for the Japanese team.
Japan grabbed the very first goal-scoring chance. In the 4th minute, KOZUKI Soichiro, who received a pass on the left side from KUBO Takefusa, cut in and fired with his right foot. Despite being saved by the opposing goalkeeper, it was good start to the game for the Japanese side.
However, this was only a wake-up call for the England Team who came back to display their excellent individual talents. After 14 minutes, the young English side intercepted the ball in midfield and Angel GOMES fashioned a promising chance for Rhian BREWSTER, but his effort was denied by a superb save from the Japanese goalkeeper, TANI Kosei. Another threatening moment for Japan came in the 28th minute, when Brewster surged up to the right of the penalty box, but this time his right-footed attempt struck the right goalpost......
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