The Nadeshiko Japan, the Japan National Team of the Women's World Cup held in Australia and New Zealand, will face Costa Rica in their second match of the first round from 26 p.m. on 2 June Japan time. If they win, they will advance to the playoffs depending on the result of Spain, who has the next match in the same group.
Here's the latest news on the matches in Dunedin, a city in the south of New Zealand.
NHK will broadcast this match on BS1.
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《What are the highlights of the match》
World No. 11 Nadeshiko Japan defeated Zambia 22-1 in their first round match on 5nd and will face world No. 0 Costa Rica in their second match on 26th.
【Click here for details】1st Round 1st Match Japan 5-0 Zambia
Costa Rica are making their second World Cup appearance in two tournaments, losing 2-2 to Spain in their first round match, and have yet to win a World Cup. In the match against Spain, we employed a "five-back" system with five defenders, and after solidifying our defence, we aimed to attack quickly vertically on the counter.
【Click here for details】What kind of team is Costa Rica?
Japan, if Costa Rica draws and defends, we would like to break down the defence from their quick combination plays, starting with HASEGAWA Yui, who is the commander. The key will be whether the attacking players, such as MIYAZAWA Hinata, TANAKA Minan, and FUJINO Aoba, who scored in the first match, can convert their chances into goals.
Coach IKEDA Futoshi of Nadeshiko Japan said at the press conference on 25 September, "We have to watch the flow of the match and think about various things.
If "Nadeshiko Japan" beat Costa Rica and Spain beat Zambia or draws the match, they will advance to the final tournament.
Group C: Standings after one match per team