On Tuesday 26 July, the Nadeshiko Japan (Japan Women's National Team) played their third and final match of the EAFF E-1 Football Championship 2022 Final Japan against the China PR Women’s National Team at Kashima Soccer Stadium.
In position to win the tournament title with a draw or better, Japan made seven changes to their starting line-up since their match against Chinese Taipei, as YAMASHITA Ayaka was given her first start of the tournament, while SHIMIZU Risa was once again given the armband. TAKARADA Saori started for the third straight match and UEKI Riko returned to the starting eleven since the first match.
For Japan, this was their first time facing China PR since losing to them at the semi-finals of the AFC Women's Asian Cup India 2022™ held earlier this year. The match started with Japan controlling the ball possession to take the initiative. In the 11th minute, CHIBA Remina delivered a heel pass to set up the shot of MIYAZAWA Hinata, which just missed the right side of the goal. .....
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