Miyazawa scores her 5th goal of Women’s World Cup as Japan beats Norway 3-1 to reach quarterfinals

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Women's World Cup

In the Women’s World Cup, Japan secured a spot in the quarterfinals by defeating Norway 3-1. This victory marked Japan’s 14th goal in the tournament, while Norway suffered their first goal against. Hinata Miyazawa was the star player, scoring her fifth goal of the championship in the 81st minute, making her the leading scorer. The match saw Risa Shimizu’s goal in the 50th minute and an own goal by Ingrid Syrstad Engen in the first half, contributing to Japan’s fourth consecutive win.

Norway managed to find the net in the 21st minute when Guro Reiten scored a superb goal, ending Japan’s flawless defensive record and tying the score at halftime, 1-1. Despite previously winning 4-0 against Spain with minimal possession, Japan adapted their tactics in the round of 16, dominating possession with over 60%.

Donning a different color scheme of pink and purple uniforms, Japan maintained its attacking approach throughout the game, putting pressure on Norway from the beginning. Although Norway’s defense remained resilient during the group stage, they seemed unsettled when facing Japan’s aggressive style.

The opening goal came in an unexpected manner when Miyazawa’s shot from the left was deflected into Norway’s net by Engen, resulting in an own goal. However, Norway managed to equalize when Guro Reiten scored from a cross by Vilda Boe Rise.

In the second half, Japan continued their offensive efforts, leading to Shimizu’s winning goal in the 50th minute. Miyazawa then secured Japan’s victory in the 81st minute with an excellent finish after receiving a well-timed through ball.

This Women’s World Cup match marked only the second meeting between Norway and Japan at a World Cup, with Norway having won the previous encounter 4-0 in 1999. For comprehensive coverage of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, visit: https://bigbignews.net/fifa-womens-world-cup.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Women’s World Cup

1. What was the final score of the match between Japan and Norway in the Women’s World Cup?

Japan defeated Norway with a final score of 3-1 in the Women’s World Cup match.

2. Who scored the winning goal for Japan in the match?

Hinata Miyazawa scored the winning goal for Japan in the 81st minute of the match, securing her fifth goal of the tournament.

3. How did Japan secure their spot in the quarterfinals?

By beating Norway 3-1, Japan secured their place in the quarterfinals for the fourth time in the Women’s World Cup.

4. Which player scored an own goal for Norway during the match?

Ingrid Syrstad Engen scored an own goal for Norway in the first half of the match.

5. What was the outcome of the previous World Cup meeting between Norway and Japan?

In their previous encounter at a World Cup in 1999, Norway emerged victorious with a 4-0 win over Japan.

6. What was Japan’s tactical approach in the round of 16 match?

In the round of 16, Japan displayed a tactical shift, playing with more than 60% possession, unlike their group-stage finale where they won 4-0 with only 23% possession.

7. Who provided the assist for Hinata Miyazawa’s winning goal?

Hinata Miyazawa’s winning goal was set up by a superb through ball from one of her teammates.

8. How did Japan’s offensive performance compare to Norway’s during the match?

Japan was dominant in their offensive play, completing 183 passes compared to Norway’s 88, and registering more than 60% possession and five shots on goal by the half-hour mark.

9. How many times has Japan reached the quarterfinals in the Women’s World Cup?

With their victory over Norway, Japan reached the quarterfinals for the fourth time in the Women’s World Cup.

10. Where can I find more coverage of the FIFA Women’s World Cup?

For more comprehensive coverage of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, you can visit the website: https://bigbignews.net/fifa-womens-world-cup.

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