On Tuesday 25 June, the Nadeshiko Japan (Japan Women's National Team) played their match at the round of 16 in the FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019 against the Netherlands Women National Team.
In their first match of the knockout stage, Japan stared YAMASHITA Ayaka in goal, with the defence line of SAMESHIMA Aya, ICHISE Nana, KUMAGAI Saki, and SHIMIZU Risa. With HASEGAWA Yui returning to the left side, NAKAJIMA Emi positioned herself in the right side, while SUGITA Hina and MIURA Narumi played as the defensive midfielders. SUGASAWA Yuika and IWABUCHI Mana were named as the two forwards up front to complete the 4-4-2 formation.
The Netherlands applied great pressure from the beginning of the match, while Japan made their efforts to connect the short passes to carry the ball upfront. Each time the Dutch side forced a turnover, Sherida SPITSE engineered their offence by sending pinpoint passes to their three attackers, but Japan responded by showcasing complete composure with Kumagai leading the defence line......
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