On Sunday 6 October, the Nadeshiko Japan (Japan Women’s National Team) faced the Canada Women's National Team in an international friendly match held at IAI Stadium Nihondaira, Shizuoka.
In their first match since the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019, the players of the Nadeshiko Japan entered the pitch wearing a pink shirt to promote the Japanese Bid to host the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023. The team also wore a special jersey for this match, where the names and numbers were all printed in pink, as they faced a strong Canadian side, who were ranked seventh in the most recent FIFA ranking.
With familiar faces from the World Cup, such as team captain KUMAGAI Saki, NAKAJIMA Emi, and SUGASAWA Yuika starting the match, Japan showcased great ball movements from the early minutes. Japan got off to a great start as Nakajima delivered a well-timed cross to setup IWABUCHI Mana’s opening goal scored in the sixth minute......
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