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Dominant Japan Delivers Epic 5-0 Victory Against Zambia in Women’s World Cup Clash

Hinata Miyazawa scores twice as Japan thrashes Zambia 5-0 in Women’s World Cup

Hinata Miyazawa’s spectacular performance led former champions Japan to a dominant 5-0 victory over Women’s World Cup newcomers, Zambia. The Japanese team’s free-flowing display not only showcased their sharp movement and passing but also left coach Futoshi Ikeda optimistic about their chances of winning the tournament in Australia and New Zealand.

Japan vs Zambia

Japan’s superiority was evident throughout the match as they outclassed Zambia, currently ranked 77th in the world. The Japanese team created numerous scoring opportunities, emphasizing their status as tournament heavyweights. This impressive victory marks the first time Japan has scored more than twice in a World Cup game since their triumphant campaign in Germany 12 years ago.

  1. Miyazawa opens the scoring

Japan took control early on, and midfielder Hinata Miyazawa broke the deadlock with a goal assisted by Aoba Fujino. Although Japan’s dominance in the first half was not fully reflected in the scoreline, they capitalized on Zambia’s defensive vulnerabilities after the break.

  1. Tanaka finds the net, Miyazawa adds one more

Mina Tanaka doubled Japan’s lead after receiving a cross from Jun Endo. This goal offered some relief to Tanaka, who had previously found the back of the net twice, only to have both goals disallowed due to belated offside rulings. Tanaka then turned provider to assist Miyazawa in netting her second goal. As the game progressed, Endo drilled in a fourth goal to further assert Japan’s dominance.

Japan vs Zambia

  1. Ueki seals the victory

In the dying moments of stoppage time, substitute Riko Ueki was brought down in the penalty area by goalkeeper Catherine Musonda. Musonda’s foul resulted in a second yellow card and her expulsion from the match. Ueki then stepped up to take the penalty kick. Though Musonda’s replacement, Eunice Sakala, made an incredible save, she was deemed to have moved too early. Ueki capitalized on her second attempt, scoring Japan’s fifth and final goal.

This victory propelled Japan to the top of Group C, alongside Spain, who defeated Costa Rica 3-0 the previous day.

Coach Mwape remains hopeful despite Zambia’s disappointing display

Although expectations were high for Zambia, the lowest-ranked team in the tournament, their performance against Japan fell well short of their aspirations. With not a single clear scoring opportunity created, their hopes were dashed. To make matters worse, key attacking midfielder Grace Chanda was ruled out of the tournament due to illness. Nonetheless, coach Bruce Mwape remained optimistic, stating that they still have a chance to bounce back in their upcoming matches.

Moving forward, Zambia faces a challenging encounter against Spain on Wednesday. Coach Mwape acknowledged their poor performance but asserted that they will regroup and give their best to secure a spot in the next round.


Image sources: Image 1, Image 2

Source: AFP

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