Japan is now on its way to defend its World Cup crown as it secured a spot in next year’s Women’s World Cup. Joining the Nadeshiko are Australia from Group A and South Korea and China from Group B. The fifth slot in the World Cup from the Asian region would be determined by the winner of the match between Group A and B’s third placers.
Japan showed no mercy as it netted seven goals past Jordan, which seemed unable to defend itself against the numerous attacks of the Nadeshikos. An early goal on the 26th minute by Kira Chinatsu paved the way for Japan’s continuous assertive moves. Chinatsu, Emi Nakajima and Mizuho Sakaguchi, who replaced Aya Miyama as captain in the field, all scored two goals each, removing any doubt about the prowess of the players to secure a win. Unfortunately for Jordan, while they were unable to answer Japan’s goals, they had to suffer an own goal by Enshirah Alhyasat that further elevated Japan’s chances of moving up the semifinals. Australia, on the other hand, beat Vietnam, 2-0, to move up the semis alongside Japan and book a spot for the World Cup. Meanwhile, both South Korea and China advanced to the semis and to the World Cup as South Korea pummeled Myanmar with a 12-0 victory. China, also called the Steel Roses, knocked over Thailand 7-0 in their match last week.
Hosts Vietnam were not so fortunate in their group as captain Le Thi Thuong conceded an own goal against Australia near half-time. Katrina Gorry made sure the Australians advance to the next round as she nets a goal on the 90th minute, sealing Vietnam’s heartbreak. However, as Vietnam finished third on its group, it still has a fighting chance to book a spot in the World Cup as it goes against the third-ranked team in Group B.
[via Global Post]
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