The U-17 Japan Women's National Team, who advanced to the knockout stage of the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup India 2022™ buy topping Group D, faced the U-17 Spain Women's National Team at Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Saturday 22 October.
Having made three changes to their starting line-up since their match against France, Japan entered the quarterfinals with a high level of intensity. Led by TANIKAWA Momoko and SHINJO Miharu, who started as defensive midfielders in three consecutive matches, Japan showed great ball movements to build their attacks. However, Spain gradually took control over the ball possession through their collective defence and accurate passes. Led by Vicky LOPEZ, the youngest player ever to make her first team debut at FC Barcelona, the Spanish side effectively mixed their dribbling and passing skills to get around the Japanese defence.
Despite being exploited in both flanks, the Japanese defence displayed exceptional concentration to defend their goal. In the 23rd minute, OYA Sakura made a tenacious effort to block a shot. Japanese goalkeeper IWASAKI Uruha made a save to deny the powerful shot taken by Carla CAMACHO in the 33rd minute. Two minutes later, Iwasaki collided with Camacho inside the box to give Spain a penalty kick, but the attempt made by Camacho went over the cross bar. .....
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