Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Japan cruises into championship game
March 31st, 2014 9:05PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  japan, u-17 women's world cup

MOST COMMENTED

[UNDER-17 WOMEN'S WORLD CUP] Japan cruised into Friday's final at the Under-17 Women's World Cup with a 4-1 win over surprise semifinalist Venezuela. The victory brought the Japanese tally to five games, five wins and a goal margin of 21-1.

Japan led 2-0 at the half on goals by Fuka Nagano and Nana Ichese before pulling away on goals by Rikako Kobayashi and Hina Sugita early in the second half.

It wasn't until stoppage time that La Vinotinto got on the board on 14-year-old Deyna Castellanos' sixth goal of the tournament. She leads Sugita and Spain's Nahikari Garcia by one goal on the scoring charts.

Japan will meet Spain, a 2-0 winner over Italy, in the final. Sandra Hernandez and Garcia scored second-half penalties for Spain in the second semifinal Monday night in Liberia. Japan won its first meeting with Spain, 2-0, in group play.


2 comments
  1. David Crowther
    commented on: April 1, 2014 at 1:47 p.m.
    I could see this coming. Japan are far superior to everyone else in this cup and Spain looked like a much more complete team than Italy, which got this far mostly because of a great defense. Though its a pity that both Japan and Spain benefited from bad penalty calls yesterday, they were the better teams. For the final, I really don't see how Spain is going to beat Japan. It's also pretty much a foregone conclusion that Hina Sugita is going to win the golden ball. She's a future star in the making. I do hope Castellanos holds on for the golden boot as she deserves it.
  1. David Crowther
    commented on: April 1, 2014 at 1:56 p.m.
    The other big story coming out of this cup is the excellent attendances. Liberia has sold out every game, including yesterday's semifinals, while attendances at the central valley stadiums have been more than respectable, even after the local team was eliminated. Though Ticos love soccer, the woman's game has never gotten much attention here. But I think most fans have been very impressed with both the skill and intensity with which these U17 girls have played. Too bad the final was programmed so early on a workday, as that might hurt.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Herzog names U.S. U-23 squad for England game     
U.S. U-23 national team coach Andi Herzog has named a 24-player squad for a Aug. 30-Sept. ...
No Giovani dos Santos in Mexico squad    
Just weeks after joining the LA Galaxy, Giovani dos Santos is out of the team under ...
USA and Mexico will split Rose Bowl tickets    
When the USA played Mexico in the 2011 Gold Cup final at the Rose Bowl, the ...
What They're Saying: FIFA statement    
"The growth of football and the increased participation levels in the U.S. have been tremendous and ...
RSL promotes Waibel, moves Zarkos into soccer operations    
With the exit of general manager Garth Lagerwey to Seattle at the end of the 2014 ...
Chicago Fire completes Maloney transfer    
Scottish midfielder Shaun Maloney is headed back to England, ending one of the shorter Designated Player ...
Canada calls up nine MLS players to face Belize     
Forward Cyle Larin heads a list of nine MLS players chosen by Canada head coach Benito ...
NASL Roundup: Rowdies hand the reins to Stuart Campbell    
After serving one game as Tampa Bay Rowdies interim coach in the wake of the firing ...
Spirit and FCKC headed to NWSL playoffs after 0-0 tie    
With two weekends left in the NWSL's third season, the suspense is over. Seattle Reign FC ...
What They're Saying: Klaus Allofs    
"We had to take it seriously. Finally we decided to start negotiations with City." -- VfL ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives