On Monday 28 October, the U-19 Japan Women's National Team faced the U-19 Myanmar Women's National Team in their first group stage match of the AFC U-19 Women's Championship Thailand 2019.
In their first match of the tournament where the top three finishers will earn their tickets to the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Nigeria 2020, coach IKEDA Futoshi started OHBA Shu in goal, with the defence line of NAGAE Ibuki, TAKAHASHI Hana, TABATA Haruna, and MATSUDA Shino. While NAKAO Momo and KANNO Oto played in the defensive midfield role, TAKIZAWA Chise and ITO Sara were placed in the flanks. YAMAMOTO Yuzuki and OSAWA Haruka were the two forwards named upfront.
While Japan showed their dominance in ball possession, the team struggled to break through the opposing defence, who kept their line as high as the halfway line of the field. With all of their attempts to exploit the space behind the defence line getting called offside, the Japanese offence couldn’t find their rhythm in the early minutes. However, the keep kept on pressing forward to gradually pick up their pace......
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