Japan dominated the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup en route to a 4-0 victory over Canada on Saturday, relegating the Canadians to the bottom of Pool D.
Mao Kubota, Uno Shiragaki, Momoko Tanikawa and Mio Takaoka scored for Japan in a one-sided match at the Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. The win sends Japan (2-0-0) into the quarterfinals with one pool game, against France (0-1-1), coming up.
To stay in the tournament, Canada (0-1-1) must beat Tanzania (1-1-0) in their final opening-round match on Tuesday in New Mumbai and hope Japan beats France. do or compete. If Canada and France both win, it will come down to goal difference, with France currently minus-one and Canada minus-four.
Tanzania beat France 2-1 on Saturday.
The top two teams in each of the four groups advance to the quarterfinals.
Canada held France to a 1-1 draw in their opener on Wednesday with a 67th-minute goal from substitute Annabelle Chako. Japan beat Tanzania 4-0.
Japan outshot Canada 27-7 (13-0 shots on goal), had 10 corners to Canada’s three and had 63 percent possession.
With Japan leading 3-0, Colombian referee Maria Victoria Daza awarded a penalty in the dying moments after going to the pitchside monitor to review a challenge by Ella Otti on Takaoka. But Canada’s goalkeeper Coralie Lawler got a hand to Takaoka’s spot kick in the 92nd minute, which then went off the crossbar.
Takaoka then headed in the rebound but was initially adjudged to have fouled the keeper. The target returned after another video review.
Japan quickly showed their skill, moving the ball around the field quickly. And it went ahead in the ninth minute, taking advantage when Canada couldn’t clear the ball out of its own end.
After Renee Watson was brought down, Ai Sujisawa laid the ball off to Kubota who fired a powerful right-footed shot from outside the penalty box. Lawler got a hand on the swing shot but couldn’t stop it.
A diving Lalier blocked a long-range shot from Tanikawa in the 12th minute. Four minutes in, Lallaire parried a shot from Moka Hiwatari at the near post and again from Hiwatari, this time in front of goal in the 19th minute.
Shiragaki had a clear header from a corner in the 33rd minute but sent it over the crossbar.
Japan continued to attack and Shiragaki doubled the lead in the 37th minute with a deflected shot from Watson that robbed Lawler. The move followed another Canadian turnover, this time by Kayla Briggs as Canada failed to clear its end under Japanese pressure.
Humphreys sent on Chuckow and Jim Perreault to start the second half in place of Briggs and Watson. The Canadians played well after the break but the Japanese defense was not damaged.
Tanikawa, who controlled the midfield for Japan, made it 3-0 in the 52nd minute when she evaded a sliding tackle by Geneva’s Hernandez Gray and headed former captain Zoe Marcini’s low shot under Lawlier. .
Chukwu had a rare chance to score for Canada in the 63rd but hit his shot high. Five minutes in, Lawler made a one-handed finger save to deny Miharu Shinjo.
Japan save Jessica Yuri Wolfe’s goal for Akari Kashima in the 79th minute.
A header by Takaoka hit the Canadian goal post but was saved in the 88th minute.
Coach Emma Humphreys made two changes to her starting line-up with Ayba Ochieng and Watson coming on for Mia Archibald and Perreault.
Saturday’s contest marked the young Canadians’ second straight game against the former 17-year-old World Cup champion. France won the tournament in 2012 and Japan lifted the trophy in 2014.
Spain is the defending champion, who won in 2018, and Canada finished fourth. The 2020 tournament was canceled due to the pandemic.
The Canadians qualified for the CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship in the Dominican Republic in May with a 3-0 win over Puerto Rico in the third-place match.
Canada has participated in all seven rounds of the U17 Women’s World Cup, highlighted by a fourth-place finish in Uruguay in 2018 before losing 1-0 to Mexico in the semifinals. Defeated Germany 1-0 in the quarter finals. Canada then defeated New Zealand 2-1 in the third place match.