On Wednesday 6 November, the U-19 Japan Women's National Team faced the U-19 Australia Women's National Team at the semi-finals of the AFC U-19 Women's Championship Thailand 2019.
With the ticket to the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2020 at stake, coach IKEDA Futoshi started TANAKA Momoko in goal with the defence line of FUNAKI Nodoka, GOTO Wakaba, TAKAHASHI Hana, and MATSUDA Shino. While NAKAO Momo and KANNO Oto were named as the defensive midfielders, MORITA Misaki and ITO Sara were positioned in the flanks. YAMAMOTO Yuzuki and OSAWA Haruka were the two forwards named upfront.
The match started with Australia dropping back in defence, while anticipating for their opportunities to counterattack by collecting the ball to their in-form striker, Mary FOWLER......
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