Soccer World Cup 2019 / Japan
Football Women's World Cup 2019 :
|Qualified as||Winner of the 2018 Asian Cup|
|Tournament result||Round of 16|
This article covers the Japan women's national soccer team at the 2019 women's soccer world cup in France . Japan took part in the finals for the eighth time, making it the only Asian team to have qualified for all World Cup finals.
As before, the Asian Cup , which was held in Jordan in 2018, served as qualification for the World Cup finals for the Asian teams . As the champions of the previous event, Japan was automatically qualified.
For the championship nominated national coach Asako Takakura , who had taken office in April 2016, after Japan failed to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games, 23 players, including only eight players who have the squad had heard for the World Cup, 2015.
The Japanese team won their first game against Vietnam 4-0 and only had a goalless draw against South Korea in their second game . This was followed by a 1-1 draw in the last game against Australia . Since Australia had also played 0-0 against South Korea, but scored more goals against Vietnam, Japan finished second in the group. They also benefited from the fact that, in direct comparison with South Korea, they had scored one more goal in the games against Australia and South Korea and were able to relegate South Korea to third place. The Japanese were in the semi-finals and qualified for the World Cup finals. Opponents in the semifinals were China . Mana Iwabuchi put her team in the lead in the 39th minute. More goals were only scored in the closing stages. First, Kumi Yokoyama , who came on as a substitute in the 73rd minute, increased to 3-0 in the 85th and 88th minute, and the Chinese scored a goal in the 90th minute.
In the final there was a new edition of the final of 2014 against Australia and, like four years earlier, the East Asians won 1-0, with Elise Kellond-Knight unable to convert a penalty to the Australian lead in the 14th minute. Kumi Yokoyama scored the winning goal in the 84th minute after being substituted on in the 72nd minute.
20 players were used in the tournament, but only captain Saki Kumagai played all five games. Ten players came to four missions.
The Japanese players scored a total of nine goals. Most goals were scored by Kumi Yokoyama (4), who, along with two Chinese and one Thai, was the tournament's second-best goalscorer. A total of five Japanese players scored in the tournament. With a total of nine goals and 1.8 goals per game, the Japanese team scored the fewest goals of the qualified teams in absolute and relative terms. However, like the Australians, who only scored two more goals, Japan had to face four teams that had also qualified for the World Cup.
|7th April 2018, King Abdullah II Stadium in Amman|
|Japan||-||Vietnam||4: 0 (2: 0)||Yokoyama, Iwabuchi , Nakajima , Tanaka|
|April 10th 2018, Amman International Stadium in Amman|
|April 13th 2018, Amman International Stadium in Amman|
|Australia||-||Japan||1: 1 (0: 0)||Sakaguchi|
|17th April 2018||China||-||Japan||1: 3 (0: 1)||Yokoyama (2), Iwabuchi ; Li Ying|
|April 20, 2018||Amman||Japan||-||Australia||1: 0 (1: 0)||Yokoyama|
In June 2018 the Japanese won 3-1 against New Zealand in Wellington . At the end of July / beginning of August 2018, as in the previous year, the Japanese took part in the Tournament of Nations in the USA, where they won the last after three defeats against Brazil (1: 2), Australia (0: 2) and the USA (2: 4) Occupied place. Things went better at the Asian Games soccer tournament from mid to late August, where the Japanese won against Thailand (2: 0), Vietnam (7: 0), North Korea (2: 1), South Korea (2: 1 in the semifinals) and China (1-0 in the final) won the gold medal. At the end of the international season, Norway made a guest appearance in Japan and was defeated 4-1. At the end of February / beginning of March 2019, the Japanese took part in the SheBelieves Cup for the first time.After a win (3: 1 against Brazil), a draw (2: 2 against hosts USA) and a defeat (0: 3 against tournament winners England ), they finished third occupied. On April 4, the Japanese lost 3-1 to World Cup hosts France in Auxerre, and on April 9th they beat Germany 2-2 in Paderborn . On June 2, the Japanese played in Le Touquet ( France ) against World Cup participants Spain (1-1).
|World Cup games, goals||World Cup 2019|
|21st||Chika Hirao||December 31, 1996||2018||Albirex Niigata Ladies||2||0||04/09/2019|
|1||Sakiko Ikeda||09/08/1992||2017||Urawa Red Diamonds Ladies||14th||0||08/16/2018|
|18th||Ayaka Yamashita||09/29/1995||2015||NTV Beleza||27||0||06/02/2019||4th|
|5||Nana Ichise||08/04/1997||2017||Vegalta Sendai Ladies||16||0||06/02/2019||3|
|4th||Saki Kumagai||10/17/1990||2008||Olympique Lyon||104||0||06/02/2019||12 (2011, 2015)||4th|
|12||Moeka Minami *||07/12/1998||2019||Urawa Red Diamonds Ladies||5||0||06/02/2019||1|
|16||Asato Miyagawa *||02/24/1998||2019||NTV Beleza||5||0||06/02/2019|
|23||Shiori Miyake||10/13/1995||2013/14||INAC Kobe Leonessa||18th||0||06/02/2019|
|3||Aya Sameshima||06/16/1987||2008||INAC Kobe Leonessa||109||5||06/02/2019||12 (2011, 2105)||4th||1|
|22nd||Risa Shimizu||06/15/1996||2018||NTV Beleza||24||0||06/02/2019||4th||1|
|2||Rumi Utsugi||December 05, 1988||2005||Reign FC||113||6th||06/02/2019||11 (2007, 2011, 2015)|
|14th||Yui Hasegawa||01/29/1997||2017||NTV Beleza||36||6th||06/02/2019||3||1|
|17th||Narumi Miura||07/03/1997||2018||NTV Beleza||9||0||06/02/2019||4th|
|15th||Yūka Momiki||04/09/1996||2017||NTV Beleza||25th||7th||06/02/2019||1|
|7th||Emi Nakajima||09/27/1990||2011||INAC Kobe Leonessa||70||14th||06/02/2019||4th|
|10||Mizuho Sakaguchi||10/15/1987||2006||NTV Beleza||125||29||April 20, 2018||12.1 (2007, 2011, 2015)|
|6th||Hina Sugita||01/31/1997||2018||INAC Kobe Leonessa||7th||0||06/02/2019||4th||1|
|19th||Jun Endo *||04/25/2000||2019||NTV Beleza||5||0||06/02/2019||3|
|8th||Mana Iwabuchi||03/18/1993||2010||INAC Kobe Leonessa||61||20th||11/11/2018||10.1 (2011, 2015)||4th||1||1|
|11||Rikako Kobayashi||07/21/1997||2019||NTV Beleza||5||1||04/09/2019||2|
|9||Yuika Sugasawa||05.10.1990||2010||Urawa Red Diamonds Ladies||63||18th||06/02/2019||4.1 (2015)||4th||1|
|13||Saori Takarada *||12/27/1999||2019||Cerezo Osaka Sakai Ladies||0||0||3|
|20th||Kumi Yokoyama||08/13/1993||2015||AC Nagano Parceiro Ladies||41||17th||06/02/2019||2|
- Players marked with "*" became U-20 world champions in 2018
- As of May 2019
- Status: June 2, 2019
Venues for the Japanese team
For the World Cup group draw that took place on December 8, 2018, Japan was only allocated Pot 2 due to its placement in the FIFA world rankings of December 7, 2018. The team could meet world champions USA, Germany or host France. Due to the mode, she could not face any of the four other teams of the Asian Association. Japan was drawn in Group D with England, Argentina and newcomer Scotland.
There have been four games against England so far with one win, two draws and one defeat. The first game was in the preliminary round of the 2007 World Cup and ended 2-2. In 2011 they lost 2-0 in the preliminary round, but then became world champions, while England were eliminated in the quarter-finals. In a friendly in June 2013, they parted 1: 1 in England. In the semifinals of the last World Cup, there was then the first win with 2-1, favored by an own goal by an English player in stoppage time.
Against Argentina, the record is flawless with four wins, including a 6-0 in the 2003 World Cup preliminary round (highest win of an Asian against a South American team) and a 1-0 in the preliminary round of the World Cup in 2007. There have only been two against Scotland so far Friendlies, both in neutral, won 4-0 and 2-0 in 2006 and 2007.
|Mon., June 10, 2019 in Paris|
|Friday, June 14, 2019 in Rennes|
|Japan||-||Scotland||2: 1 (2: 0)|
|Wed., June 19, 2019 in Nice|
|Japan||-||England||0: 2 (0: 1)|
As group runners-up, the Japanese meet European champions Netherlands, group winners of Group E, in the round of 16. Both met in the round of 16 in 2015, where Japan won 2-1. Then there were three defeats and one win against the Dutch women. In the last game at the Algarve Cup 2018 , Japan lost 6-2. The Japanese lost this time with 1: 2 and were eliminated as the last Asian team.
|Tue., June 25, 2019 at 9:00 p.m. (CEST) in Rennes|
|Netherlands||-||Japan||2: 1 (1: 1)|
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