Besides the Australian women’s team, two Japanese and Chinese teams are also expected by Asia to pass the group stage to advance to the knockout round of the 2023 World Cup. The Japanese girls are in Group C along with Spain, Zambia and Costa Rica.
The first opponent of the Japanese team in the match taking place at 2pm today (Vietnam time) will be a rookie from Africa, Zambia, which is considered not too difficult for the girls from the country of cherry blossoms.
With the current ranking of 11th in the world and the former champion of the Women’s World Cup in 2011, coach Futoshi Ikeda’s team is much more appreciated than Zambia, who is ranked 77th in the world. The Japanese team had a good performance ahead of the 2023 Women’s World Cup, with victories in the last friendlies against relatively strong opponents such as Canada (3-0), Portugal (2-1) and Panama (5-0).
However, teachers and coaches Futoshi Ikeda also need to be wary of the team’s first appearance in the World Cup. Because the Zambia team is in very good form with 2 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss in the last 4 matches. The most impressive of the African team was defeating the German team with a score of 3-2.
To get the win, the Japanese girls need to maximize the chances they have when the Zambian defense is not appreciated.
Another representative of Asia, the Chinese women’s team, also has the opening match in Group D at 19:00 and confronts the Danish team.
With the group present of the reigning EURO champion, England, coach Shui Qingxia’s teachers and students knew that they needed to score points against Denmark and Haiti to hope to have a ticket to go on. Before that at 16:30 will be the match between England and rookie Haiti.
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