THE DAY REPLAYED – Asian sides had a field day as Group C and D of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Azerbaijan 2012 got underway on Sunday, with China PR outclassing Uruguay to win 4-0 and Japan hitting five goals against Brazil without reply.
Earlier in the day, Germany scraped past Ghana 2-1, while a solitary Fernanda Perez header gave Mexico the narrowest of victories over New Zealand.
Mexico 1-0 New Zealand
Brazil 0-5 Japan
Ghana 1-2 Germany
Uruguay 0-4 China PR
Goal of the day
Brazil 0-5 Japan, Yui Narumiya '67
The top scorer and Most Valuable Player at last year’s AFC U-16 Women's Championship, Yui Narumiya lived up to her star billing when she stepped out at Azerbaijan 2012 on Sunday. The JFA Academy Fukushima player had already opened her account for the tournament with her side’s third goal of the day when she added a stunning second to complete the rout of the Brazilians. After skipping round her marker with some dazzling footwork inside the box, she smacked a rising drive against the bar and reacted quicker than anyone to lash the rebound into the opposite corner with a thumping volley.
Tears for Gonzalez
Uruguay goalkeeper Gabriela Gonzalez had a FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup debut to forget. At fault for two of China PR’s opening three goals, the unfortunate custodian was then dismissed for handling the ball outside the box – the first red card ever to be shown in the competition – and left the field in tears.
After Ri Un-Sim and Ri Kyong-Hyang’s hat-tricks for Korea DPR against Gambia on Saturday, and Ri Hyang-Sim’s brace in the same game, yet more Asian strikers were in among the goals on Sunday. Rika Masuya and Yui Narumiya both scored doubles in Japan’s emphatic defeat of Brazil, while China PR’s Zhang Chen struck twice against Uruguay. Asia’s three sides have scored 20 goals and conceded none so far, with the aforementioned six players accounting for all but six of them.
The Asian trio have made their intentions clear by sweeping all before them on the opening weekend at Azerbaijan 2012. Coming hard on the heels of Korea DPR’s 11-0 defeat of Gambia, Japan and China PR’s handsome victories on Sunday ensured that the AFC is the only confederation with a 100 percent record in the tournament. What's more, the Little Nadeshiko and the Steel Roses have also maintained Asia’s dominance over South American sides in the competition. Six times teams from the two regions have met in the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup and six times the Asian representatives have won.
5 - In scoring five unanswered goals on Sunday, Japan recorded their biggest-ever win over Brazil. The Japanese seem to have something over the South American giants this year, having notched 2-0 and 4-1 wins against them at the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament London 2012 and the Kirin Cup respectively.
“This is my first World Cup and words can’t describe how I feel. It’s fantastic to be here and to have the chance to represent your country. It’s a privilege and an experience I’ll never forget,” Mexico forward Fernanda Perez
The schedule (all times local)
Tuesday, 25 September 2012
France-Korea DPR, 14:00