On Saturday 24 November, the U-17 Japan Women's National Team faced the U-17 New Zealand Women's National Team in the quarterfinals of the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Uruguay 2018 and lost the match in penalty shootouts.
After traveling from Maldonado to Colonia, Japan rotated six of their players from their starting line-up in their match against the U-17 Mexico Women's National Team. The match started with the New Zealand side applying aggressive pressure from their front line to induce mistakes from the Japanese players. The Japanese defence led by their captain MATSUDA Shino showed their persistence as they blocked away the long throws delivered by the New Zealand side.
The opening goal came in the 17th minute, when New Zealand’s Macey FRASER delivered a corner kick from the right side, which Amelia ABBOTT converted to take the lead. It was the first time for Japan to concede the opening goal in this tournament......
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