On Thursday 8 April, the Nadeshiko Japan (Japan Women’s National Team) played in an international friendly match against the Paraguay Women's National Team at Yurtec Stadium Sendai, where the team won with a final score of 7-0.
In their first friendly match of the year, NAKAJIMA Emi (INAC Kobe Leonessa) wore the armband, while players playing abroad including IWABUCHI Mana (Aston Villa) featured the starting line-up, as well as Nadeshiko Japan debutante KITAMURA Nanami (Nippon TV Tokyo Verdy Beleza).
Japan took the initiative from the early minutes, as they penetrated the flanks to threaten the Paraguayan goal. The opening goal came in the sixth minute, when SUGITA Hina (INAC Kobe Leonessa) delivered a cross from the right side. After Iwabuchi went up to fight for the ball, MINAMI Moeka (Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Urawa Reds Ladies) responded to the loose ball and fired a shot into the net, scoring her first goal at the senior category. .....
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