Japan takes out bronze at FIFA U20 WWC

Japan has won bronze in the FIFA U20 Women's World Cup underway in Port Moresby, finishing third overall in the tournament.

They defeated the United States 1-0 in front of a crowd of 8098 supporters.

Japan's victory goal was scored by forward Mami Ueno three minutes to full-time.

After over 20 attempted goals through the 86 minutes of play, Ueno scored in the penalty box, sweeping a clear shot from the right and finding the top left corner of the net.

This was Ueno's fifth goal overall in the tournament.

Japan, in white and blue, dominated the game, having 63 percent ball possession.

The Asian side, led by captain Yuka Momiki, made a total of 29 goal attempts. 8 were on target and 21 off target.

USA's goalkeeper Casey Murphy did well, saving 5 on target attempts in the first half.

USA, in black and blue, were led by captain Mallory Pugh.

USA's backline struggled in the first half to keep Japan out of their penalty box however, the Asian side pushed for more attempts towards water break at 30 minutes into the game.

The Japanese put more pressure on the USA side with more attempts towards the end of the second-half.

Despite three minutes’ additional time, both teams failed to put a mark on the scoreboard at half-time.

Japan came back fighting hard for a goal in the second half as they continued to dominate the game.

More attempts were made by Momiki, Yui Hasegawa and Rin Sumida however, they just couldn't find the net.

USA played hard to score with three attempts in the second half but all were off target.

Japan worked hard to finally score just minutes to full time.

Despite three minutes’ additional time, USA failed to deliver, finishing fourth overall in the tournament.

France and Korea DPR will play for the first and second spot, kicking off at 7.30pm.

Quintina Naime