ALAJUELA, Costa Rica – The U.S. Underneath-20 Girls’s Youth Nationwide Staff fell to Japan 3-1 within the staff’s ultimate group stage match of the FIFA U-20 Girls’s World Cup.
With the outcome, the USA finishes third in Group D and won’t advance to the quarterfinals. Japan completed first and Netherlands second within the group and can advance to the knockout stage.
The USA got here into the match needing a two-goal victory over Japan to advance and had a number of high quality possibilities in an evenly performed first half that went to the break tied 0-0. The USA’s finest probability got here early after ahead Ally Sentnor weaved her approach by way of a number of defenders and shot from the highest of the penalty field. The ball took an enormous deflection off a Japan defender, wrong-footing goalkeeper Shu Ohba, however she recovered and scrambled to push the ball outdoors the publish to disclaim what would have been a momentum-changing rating for the U.S.
Whereas the USA strung collectively just a few high quality assaults early within the second half, in the end it was Japan that scored first, netting an important purpose courtesy of ahead Manaka Matsukobo after a turnover and fast counterattack contained in the USA’s half. Japan then doubled their lead 12 minutes later, this break day a nook kick which ended with defender Shinomi Koyama burying a robust strike from the left aspect of the penalty field.
The U.S. gamers confirmed coronary heart and tenacity as they continued their attacking efforts and had just a few extra high quality possibilities earlier than narrowing the deficit within the seventieth when ahead Alyssa Thompson performed a cross into the field from the suitable wing that ahead Simone Jackson completed on her first contact from 5 yards out. It was Jackon’s first purpose of the World Cup.
Japan then struck once more within the 84th minute with a close-range header from defender Haruna Tabata following an extended cross into the field. The play was initially dominated offside however was modified to purpose following a VAR evaluation.
Each groups had 12 photographs and earned three nook kicks, however Japan, just like the Netherlands within the USA’s second group sport, had been much more medical within the attacking third. The USA held a slight edge in possession, 52 p.c to 48, however the defending U-20 Girls’s World Cup champion (Japan received in 2018) had six photographs on purpose to simply 4 for the USA.
Within the different match in Group D, the Netherlands routed Ghana 4-1 to cement their second-place end within the group as Japan claimed first with an unbeaten nine-point run over its three matches.
GOAL SCORING RUNDOWN:
JPN – Manaka Matsukobo (Yuzuki Yamamoto), fifty fifth minute – Yamamoto compelled a turnover within the USA defensive third and performed Matsukobo in on purpose. She dribbled as much as the field and minimize inside to shake off strain earlier than firing low together with her left foot to open the scoring from 17 yards out. USA 0, JPN 1
JPN – Shinomi Koyama (Aoba Fujino), 67th minute – Following a set piece play off a nook from the suitable aspect, Koyama settled the ball within the left aspect of the field and shot excessive throughout the purpose together with her left foot to double the lead from about 12 yards out. USA 0, JPN 2
USA – Simone Jackson (Alyssa Thompson), seventieth minute – Thompson acquired the ball on the suitable wing and raced for the top line earlier than taking part in a cross to the center that bounced contained in the field towards the again publish, the place Jackson met it and completed from 5 yards out. USA 1, JPN 2
JPN – Haruna Tabata (Ibuki Nagae), 84th minute – Nagae and Tabata chased an extended cross into the USA field. Nagae received it and performed the ball sq. to Tabata, who completed with a header close to the sting of the six-yard field. USA 1, JPN 3
The USA has by no means overwhelmed Japan within the FIFA U-20 Girls’s World Cup. This marked the third consecutive U-20 WWC match during which the USA and Japan have squared off with the USA struggling 1-0 losses within the 2018 group stage and 2016 Third-Place Match.
Nineteen of the 21 gamers on the World Cup roster noticed motion over the USA’s three video games of the match. Solely midfielder Annie Karich, an damage alternative for Sally Menti, and goalkeeper Teagan Wy didn’t see the sector.
Eighteen of the gamers on the U.S. roster will now head into their faculty environments whereas two gamers return to their NWSL golf equipment in Olivia Moultrie (Portland Thorns FC), who performed a high quality match within the midfield for the USA, and 17-year-old Jaedyn Shaw (San Diego Wave FC).
Alyssa Thompson is beginning her senior yr of highschool and can attend Stanford within the fall of 2023.
-U.S. UNDER-20 WOMEN’S YOUTH NATIONAL TEAM MATCH REPORT-
Match: United States Underneath-20 Girls’s Youth Nationwide Staff vs. Japan U-20 Girls’s Nationwide Staff
Date: Aug. 17, 2022Competition: 2022 FIFA Underneath-20 Girls’s World Cup – Group DVenue: Estadio Alejandro Morera Soto; Alajuela, Costa RicaAttendance: 1,392Kickoff: 5 p.m. native (7 p.m. ET)Climate: 73 levels, cloudy
Scoring Abstract: 1 2 FUSA 0 1 1JPN 0 3 3
JPN – Manaka Matsukubo (Yuzuki Yamamoto) fifty fifth minuteJPN — Shinomi Koyama 67USA – Simone Jackson (Alyssa Thompson) 70JPN – Haruna Tabata (Aoba Fujino) 84
USA: 1-Mia Justus; 2-Laney Rouse, 4-Emily Mason, 5-Lilly Reale, (16-Lauren Flynn, 72), 18-Samar Guidry (15-Trinity Byars, 72); 6-Talia DellaPeruta (10-Jaedyn Shaw, 61), 13-Olivia Moultrie, 19-Korbin Albert, 7-Alyssa Thompson, 9-Michelle Cooper (Capt.) (8-Andrea Kitahata, 81), 20-Ally Sentnor (11-Simone Jackson, 61)
Substitutes Not Used: 3-Ayo Oke, 12-Neeku Purcell, 14-Carina Lageyre, 17-Annie Karich, 21-Teagan Wy
Head Coach: Tracey Kevins
JPN: 18-Shu Ohba; 7-Mihoshi Sugisawa, 12-Haruna Tabata, 4-Rion Ishikawa, 16-Shinomi Koyama, 3-Ibuki Nagae (Capt.); 10-Aoba Fujino (17-Maya Hijikata, 71), 6-Aemu Oyama (15-Suzu Amano, 66), 8-Kokona Iwasaki (19-Riko Yoshida, 90); 9-Yuzuki Yamamoto (11-Maika Hamano, 66), 14-Manaka Matsukubo (13-Mei Shimada, 90)
Substitutes not used: 1-Shiori Fukuda, 2-Akane Nishino, 5-Manaka Hayashi, 20-Urara Watanabe, 21-Nina Noda
Head coach: Futoshi Ikeda
Stats Abstract: USA / JPNShots: 12 / 12Shots on Objective: 4 / 6Saves: 3 / 3Corner Kicks: 3 / 3Fouls: 9 / 5Offside: 1 / 0
Misconduct Abstract:USA – Michelle Cooper (Warning) forty ninth minuteUSA – Laney Rouse (Warning) 82
Officers:Referee: Marta Huerta (ESP)1st Assistant Referee: Guadalupe Porras (ESP)2nd Assistant Referee: Katalin Torok (HUN)4th Official: Cheryl Foster (WAL)VAR: Salome Di Iorio (ARG)AVAR 1: Maria Carvajal (CHI)AVAR 2: Eliana Fernandez (ESP)