On Sunday 9 October, the Nadeshiko Japan (Japan Women's National Team) faced the New Zealand Women's National Team in the MS＆AD CUP 2022 at Nagano U Stadium (Nagano).
After the warm-up, a send-off ceremony was held for Ms. YAMASHITA Yoshimi, who was selected to officiate at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. After receiving a bouquet of flowers, Yamashita said, “As a Japanese referee, I will go to the World Cup together with your passion for the game. I will do my best as a female referee,” as she received a warm round of applause from the audience.
Following their match against Nigeria on Thursday, Head Coach IKEDA Futoshi elected to stick with their three-back formation with team captain KUMAGAI Saki (FC Bayern Munich) playing as the centre back. SUGITA Hina (Portland Thorns FC) started as the defensive midfielder with ENDO Jun (Angel City FC) playing in the left flank. MIYAZAWA Hinata (Mynavi Sendai Ladies) and UEKI Riko (Nippon TV Tokyo Verdy Beleza) were placed upfront along with FUJINO Aoba (Nippon TV Tokyo Verdy Beleza), who had just made her Nadeshiko Japan debut three days ago. .....
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