On Friday, 11 August, the Nadeshiko Japan (Japan Women's National Team) faced the Sweden Women's National Team in the quarterfinals of the FIFA Women's World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023™ at Auckland, New Zealand, where they lost 1-2.
Following their 3-1 victory over Norway in the round of 16, Japan made just one change to their starting lineup, as SUGITA Hina (Portland Thorns FC) was given the start in the left wing. MIYAZAWA Hinata (Mynavi Sendai Ladies), who has scored five goals in the competition, led the offence along with FUJINO Aoba (Nippon TV Tokyo Verdy Beleza) and TANAKA Mina (INAC Kobe Leonessa).
The match started with Sweden controlling the ball possession, but the Japanese players showed great composure to fend off the attacks, as TAKAHASHI Hana (Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Urawa Reds Ladies) demonstrated her strength in the air to clear the ball away from the goal area. .....
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