Tokyo: Physicality has never been associated with Japanese forwards, who are renowned for their technique and pace. In Yuika Sugasawa, however, the Nadeshiko unusually have an aerial specialist willing to mix it with opposition centre-backs.
Standing at 1.68m tall, the 28-year-old is among the tallest members of Asako Takakura's 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France squad. The Urawa Reds player also boasts speed and times her shots to perfection.
These qualities were on show in the final of the Asian Games 2018’s Women’s Football Tournament. Japan had struggled to break down a full-strength China PR, but following a last-gasp counter-attack, Sugasawa’s diving header from an Emi Nakajima cross grabbed them the trophy.
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