Japan keen to make history in France

Author: Beatrice Laryea
Japan keen to make history in France

A new champion will emerge at the ongoing FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup (WWC) in France when Spain and Japan do battle in the final on Friday, August 24.

Japan knocked out former champions, Germany, after the three-time winners were beaten 3-1 in the quarter-finals.

The Asians followed that result with a 2-0 win over England in the first semi-final played on Monday afternoon.

Riko Ueki and Jun Endo scored under five minutes in the first half to give Japan the needed result to book a place in the final.

Four wins in five matches put the Young Nadeshiko potentially 90 minutes away from glory, with highly-impressive knockout stage victories over Germany and England securing their place in the decider.

If the Asian champions lift the trophy at the Stade de la Rabine, they will become the first nation to have won FIFA Women's World Cup at U-17, U-20 and the senior level.

Spain will head into the game with confidence, having already beaten their Asian rivals 1-0 at the group stage.

Regardless of who lifts the trophy today, Spain have already made history by reaching their first U-20 Women’s World Cup final – and winning the match will make them go a step further.

England and France will contest in the 3rd and 4th place play-off prior to the final.