Japan thrash Vietnam 7-0 in Asian Games women's football

By Hoang Nguyen    SEP. 28, 2023

Vietnam suffered a heavy defeat against Japan in their last match at Asian Games women's football group stage Thursday and were eliminated from the tournament.

Facing Japan, who are eighth on world ranking and 26 places above, a defeat was expected for Vietnam, but conceding seven goals was a rather shocking result.

Vietnam did not have a bad start to the game despite being pressed by Japan, at least in the first 18 minutes when they defended well and even created a few chances. However, the difference in level showed as soon as Japan opened the scoring in the 19th minute. A well-coordinated team play put captain Yuzuho Shiokoshi facing goalkeeper Tran Thi Kim Thanh before finishing cleanly. Five minutes later, Shiokoshi completed her double with a simple tap-in thanks to Yoshino Nakashima’s pass.

One thing to notice was that Japan brought their B team to Asian Games without any players that attended the Women’s World Cup last month, but they still outclassed Vietnam. It was a thrashing in the second half for Vietnam when Japan scored five more goals, with Remina Chiba and Haruka Osawa netting two each and a penalty goal from Reina Wakisaka.

Although Vietnam made all the substitutions to strengthen their defense, they could not resist Japan’s precise and effective attacks.

Japan topped group D to advance to the knockout round while Vietnam ended their run early.

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