The U-17 Japan National Team, who are participating in a friendly tournament in Algeria, played the U-17 Algeria National Team on Saturday 25 March, a day after playing a training match against local club team Union Sportive de la Médina d'El Harrach U-19 on Friday 24 March.
With Japan having won their first match against Mali and Algeria having won their first match against Comoros, this was an important match for both teams to get closer to the tournament title. The match was held at Nelson Mandela Stadium, where the senior Algeria National Team also played a match two days earlier.
Japan dominated the ball possession from the outset but were unable to create any chances against the solid defence of their opponents. While Japan struggled to make anything out of their ball possession, it was Algeria who scored the opening goal, as the home side scored a goal from a play following a free kick in the 16th minute. Japan continued to control the pace of the match but conceded the second goal from a counterattack in the 36th minute, giving Algeria a two goal lead at halftime. .....
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