After defeating the host nation, U-16 France National Team, in the semi-finals, the U-16 Japan National Team faced the U-16 England National Team in the final of the 50th Montaigu Tournament on Monday 10 April. Seeking to reclaim the tournament title for the first time since 2004, Japan kicked-off the match held at Montaigu in front of a crowd of over 8,000 people.
England attacked from the sides in the first half, much like France did in the semi-final. After the ball was handed to their forward, a number of players got involved as they developed their attacks to pose a threat to the Japanese goal. Japan also moved the ball carefully and attacked from the flanks or played simple vertical passes behind the English defence to allow SEKIGUCHI Kota (Shimizu S-Pulse Youth) to break into the open space, but neither side was able to score in the first half as the game went into the second half without seeing a goal.
In an effort to break the scoreless tie, Japan introduced YAMAGUCHI Gota (Shohei High School) and OSA Ryuki (Shohei High School) to begin the second half. These substitutions led to more plays being made into the English half, and in the 45th, 57th, and 60th minutes, respectively, Yamaguchi, Sekiguchi, and Osa all attempted shots inside the box but were stopped by the English goalkeeper. .....
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