Japan wins all three Women’s World Cup matches…advances to round of 16 as group leader
Japan Women’s Soccer has secured top spot in its group at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia New Zealand 2023 with three consecutive wins.
Japan defeated Spain 4-0 in the final Group C match of the tournament at Regional Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand, on Monday (Sept. 31).
Japan, who had already booked their spot in the Round of 16 with wins over Zambia (5-0) and Costa Rica (2-0), topped the group with a sweep of Spain.
As the top seed in Group C (9 points), Japan will face Group A runner-up Norway (4 points) for a spot in the quarterfinals at the Regional Stadium on June 5.
Japan became the first Asian nation to qualify for the round of 16.
Spain, who lost to Japan to finish second in Group C (6 points), will face Group A winner Switzerland (5 points) in the round of 16.
In the same group, Zambia recorded their first win of the tournament with a 3-1 victory over Costa Rica.
Zambia finished third in the group (3 points), while Costa Rica finished last in the group (0 points).
Japan opened the scoring in the 12th minute with a goal from Hinata Miyazawa, before Riko Ueki added a goal in the 29th minute and a Miyazawa brace in the 40th minute to take a 3-0 lead into halftime.
Miyazawa, who scored twice in the first game against Zambia, is now the tournament’s top scorer with four goals.
After taking an early lead, Japan capped off the 4-0 victory with a Mina Tanaka wedge goal in the 37th minute of the second half.
Japan, who won the 2011 tournament in Germany and were runners-up in 2015 in Canada, will be looking for their second consecutive World Cup podium in this tournament. 토토사이트