On Sunday 21 August, the U-20 Japan Women's National Team played against the U-20 France Women’s National Team in the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Costa Rica 2022™ quarterfinals. After playing through 120 minutes including overtime, the Japanese side earned their ticket to the semi-finals in a penalty shootout.
For this match, coach IKEDA Futoshi made two changes to their starting line-up against the USA, as HAMANO Maika and AMANO Suzu returned to the line-up since their second group stage match.
France are a strong side, having finished as runners-up in the 2016 tournament and in the top four in the previous tournament. The match started with France taking advantage of their physical strengths to keep possession of the ball, while Japan took a collective approach to win the ball and initiate quick counterattacks. .....
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