On Saturday 13 July, the Japan Universiade National Team faced the Brazil Universiade National Team at the tournament final of the 30th Summer Universiade Napoli 2019.
While Brazil entered the match with a rather defensive formation, Japan utilised the two wingers, MITOMA Kaoru and KONNO Kazuya, to aggressively attack the flanks. In the 18th minute, Mitoma got the crowd on their feet when he dribbled through nearly 50 meters to penetrate the Brazilian goal area. Two minutes later, HATATE Reo broke through the flank after exchanging the ball with Konno and delivered a cross towards the goal. Japanese striker, UEDA Ayase, made a diving effort to strike a header, but his shot sailed wide of the target. Hatate and Ueda continued to create opportunities in the remaining minutes of the first half, but the match entered halftime scoreless.
In the second half, Japan broke the deadlock when Mitoma was fouled inside the penalty area to earn a penalty kick. It was Ueda who stepped up to convert the spot kick and gave Japan the long-awaited lead. A second yellow card was shown to a Brazilian defender in this play, leaving Brazil with only 10 players for the remaining of the match......
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