Japan made a bold move towards clinching their second Women’s World Cup title as they outplayed Norway, securing a quarter-final spot with an impressive display.
The 2011 champions showcased their skills right from the start, catching Norway off guard as Ingrid Engen, unintentionally, deflected Hinata Miyazawa’s cross into her own net, handing Japan an advantageous beginning.
Hinata Miyazawa then demonstrated her speed and finesse, dashing through the defense to net Japan’s third goal, securing their place in the quarter-finals. Miyazawa’s stellar performance also places her in contention for the Golden Boot, leading the scoring charts with five goals in the Australia and New Zealand-hosted tournament.
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With their remarkable form, Japan has proven to be a dominant force in the Women’s World Cup, showcasing skillful football and a solid defense. The team breezed through the group stage, securing wins without conceding a single point, including an impressive 4-0 triumph against Spain, a fellow quarter-finalist.
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