On Wednesday 19 June, the Nadeshiko Japan (Japan Women's National Team) faced the England Women’s National Team in their third group stage match of the FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019.
In a match where Japan needed a victory to take the group lead, coach TAKAKURA Asako elected to start the same defence line from their match against Scotland, while placing NAKAJIMA Emi and SUGITA Hina as the defensive midfielders. ENDO Jun and KOBAYASHI Rikako were positioned in the flanks, with IWABUCHI Mana and YOKOYAMA Kumi playing up top, setting up an attack minded line-up.
On the other hand, with the team only needing a draw to secure the top spot, England started off the match by showing great composure to move the ball around, while picking up their pace when the opportunity was presented to them......
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