On Wednesday 25 September, the U-16 Japan Women's National Team faced the U-16 China PR Women's National Team at the semi-finals of the AFC U-16 Women's Championship Thailand 2019.
The Japanese squad had three days to prepare for this match and with the ticket to next year’s FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup India at stake, the team entered the match with great motivation.
The match saw Japan taking the initiative in the early minutes, as the Japanese players showed great aggression to pressure the ball, but the team struggled to create major opportunities. On the other hand, China PR gradually picked up their pace following the 20th minute mark and started to collect the ball to their tall forward. In the 26th minute, NEBU Momoko delivered a pass towards the right flank to allow MINOWA Chisato to send a cross to the middle, where OYAMA Aemu awaited unmarked, but her shot was saved by the goalkeeper. With both sides falling short from scoring a goal, the match entered halftime scoreless......
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