On Wednesday 5 April, the U-16 Japan Women's National Team played their second group stage match of the Montaigu Tournament against the U-16 Mexico Women's National Team.
In the match played just two days following their first group stage match against Norway, Japan took the initiative from the outset. In the sixth minute, NAKAHIRA Rena (INAC Kobe Tesoro) intercepted a pass of the opposing goalkeeper to strike a shot, but her attempt was saved by the goalkeeper. The shot taken by TSUJI Amiru (Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Urawa Reds Ladies Junior Youth) was also denied by the goalkeeper in the 24th minute, but IWAKI Kotomi (Tochigi SC Ladies) converted the ensuing corner kick with a header to give Japan the lead.
Japan attempted to extend their lead in the second half, but struggled with the speed and reach of their opponents and were unable to do so. Just before the end of the match, in the 80th minute, Mexico came close to scoring the equaliser from a corner kick but led by their goalkeeper ADACHI Kaede (JEF United Ichihara Chiba Ladies U-15), Japan managed to hold onto their lead to win the match 1-0. .....
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