Spain, Japan advance to round of 16 together at Women’s World Cup

Spain and Japan were the first to confirm their advance to the round of 16 at the 2023 Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

Spain defeated Zambia 5-0 in the second Group C match of the Women’s World Cup at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand, on the 26th with scoring shows by Teresa Abelaira (Real Madrid), Jennifer Hermoso (Pachuca, 2 goals), and Alba Redondo (Levante, 2 goals).

As a result, Spain (2 wins) and Japan (2 wins), which are one goal ahead in multiple points, succeeded in passing the group stage regardless of the results of the remaining matches. Costa Rica in third place and Zambia in fourth place are eliminated with two losses.

Spain and Japan, which have confirmed the round of 16, will compete for the top spot in the group stage at Wellington Reginal Stadium in New Zealand on the 31st.

In the match, which drew attention from Korean referee Oh Hyun-jung, assistant referee Lee Seul-gi and Park Mi-sook, Spain fired a hot goal firecracker.

The difference in skills between Spain, ranked sixth in the FIFA rankings, and Zambia (77th), ranked the lowest in the tournament, was clear.

Spain not only led 61%-20% (19% competition) in ball possession, but also widened the gap to 22 (14 effective shots)-10 (2 shots) in shooting numbers. The difference led to a scoring streak throughout the game.

Spain scored the first goal in the 9th minute of the first half with the help of teammate Ermoso, and four minutes later Ermoso scored a header to widen the score to 2-0. 토토사이트먹튀

Spain scored an additional goal in the 24th minute of the second half when Redondo caught a long pass connected from the back, and a minute later, Hermoso even added a score that ran away 4-0. And in the 40th minute of the second half, Redondo was recognized for his multi-goal after a video reading, ending the 5-0 victory.

Earlier, Japan beat Costa Rica 2-0 thanks to scoring shows by Hikaru Naomoto (Urawa Reds) and Aoba Fujino (Tokyo Verdi).

Naomoto scored the first goal in the 25th minute of the first half after catching a penetration pass by Mina Tanaka (Kobe Ainak). Two minutes later, Fujino dug into the right side of Costa Rica and shook the net with a powerful right-footed shot.

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