On Friday 24 June, the Nadeshiko Japan (Japan Women’s National Team) played against the Serbia Women’s National Team in an international friendly match held at Stara Pazova, Serbia. In their first match since the AFC Women's Asian Cup India 2022™ held in January this year, the Nadeshiko Japan demonstrated their fire power to win the match 5-0.
Since arriving in Serbia on Tuesday 21 June, the team had been training under the scorching heat, but showed great energy to start the match, as they applied aggressive pressure to win the ball. With the two attackers, TANAKA Mina and UEKI Riko, initiating the pressure, HASEGAWA Yui and SUGITA Hina followed to apply pressure from the flanks.
Japan’s high-pressing approach turned out to be affective, as seen in the play created in the seventh minute, when HAYASHI Honoka forced a turnover in the opposing end before sending a pass to Hasegawa, who delivered a through ball to setup the shot of Tanaka. In the 23rd minute, SHIMIZU Risa, Tanaka, and Hasegawa worked in tandem to connect passes before Shimizu delivered a cross to Sugita, but the midfielder’s header went wind of the target. .....
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