Japan Woman win World Cup

Last weekend Japan lifted the Woman's Asia Cup for the second consecutive time in Jordan. They overcame Australia 1-0 in the final as the win means the side is the first team to win back-to-back Asian titles since North Korea in 2003.

The Japanese woman survived a raid on their goal from the Australian's in the final, this included a penalty save in the 15th minute. All this before substitute Yokoyama’s strike turned the match in their favour with just six minutes remaining.

Australia started this game the stronger just as they had seven days earlier in their Group B match. This pressure continued throughout the game but despite all this, they could not stop Japan scoring on the break and will feel very disappointed. 

Japan, however, fought well throughout the competition and should feel very proud as they remain champions of Asia. 

The win also means the Japan woman side will qualify for the World Cup making the win extra sweet. While Australia, China, Thailand, and South Korea have also qualified for France in 2019. 

Although much as changed for Japan since they last won the Asia Cup, as the likes of former youth starlets Mana Iwabuchi and Kumi Yokoyama have helped full the void left by the retiring players with the latter scoring the winner to win the Asia Cup. 

Looking ahead to the World Cup next year Japan will be confident in putting on a good display. Despite winning the trophy they still look like they have areas to improve in as drew 0-0 with South Korea and needed a 1-1 draw with Australia just to qualify out of their group. Regardless of this their strong defence has led them to the championship and against strong opponents in France, this defence will be tested to the max. 

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