On Tuesday 19 July, the Nadeshiko Japan (Japan Women's National Team) faced the Korea Republic Women's National Team at Kashima Soccer Stadium in their first fixture of the EAFF E-1 Football Championship 2022 Final Japan.
Seeking to defend their title, Japan trusted their right back SHIMIZU Risa with the armband, while NORIMATSU Ruka and TAKAHASHI Hana started as the two centre backs. NAOMOTO Hikaru was named as the attacking midfielder and UEKI Riko, who has scored in five consecutive matches for Japan, started as the lone striker.
Nadeshiko Japan's first official match in Ibaraki Prefecture, and the first domestic match under Head Coach IKEDA Futoshi, kicked off under rainy conditions with supporters allowed to cheer from designated sections of the stadium. .....
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