Amman: Reigning champions Japan missed an opportunity to join China PR in the AFC Women’s Asian Cup 2018 semi-finals, as they were held to a 0-0 draw by their East Asian neighbours Korea Republic.
A win would have secured passage to the final four, and the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup for Japan, who could potentially be eliminated if they lose their final group stage match against Australia on Friday.
It was the second successive goalless stalemate involving the Koreans, who spent much of the early stages in the ascendancy, as the result ensured no team from Group B will go into the final Matchday assured of progression.
Asako Takakura selected a new-look Japanese outfit to the one that put four goals past Vietnam on Saturday, with five new faces in the line-up including Nahomi Kawasumi, who earned her first national team start in over two years......
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