Matches

30/10/2008
3:2 (1:1)
  • Mana IWABUCHI (31')
  • Natsumi KAMEOKA (68')
  • Kei YOSHIOKA (74')
  • Vicki DiMARTINO (3')
  • Kristie MEWIS (51')

Summary

Japanese genius fells favourites

Japan produced the biggest shock of New Zealand 2008 thus far as favourites USA were beaten 3-2 in a hugely entertaining encounter.

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Line-up

1
18
2
3
3
5
5
6
6
7
7
8
8
10
9
11
10
13
11
14
12
17

Substitute(s)

16
21
21
1
4
2
13
9
14
12
15
15
17
16
18
19
19
20
20
4

Coaches

Hiroshi YOSHIDA (JPN)
(USA) Kazbek TAMBI

Officials

Referee: Thalia MITSI (GRE)Assistant Referee 1: Romina SANTUARI (ITA)Assistant Referee 2: Secim DEMIREL (TUR)Fourth official: Cristina DORCIOMAN (ROU)

Statistics

20Shots11
3Corner kicks6
1Yellow cards1
0Second yellow card and red card0
0Red Cards0
60%Possession (%)40%
  • Mana Iwabuchi celebrates after scoring in Japan's 3-2 win over USA.
  • Japan's Minori Chiba fights for the ball with USA's Courtney Verloo
  • Japan's Akane Saito fights for the ball with USA's Elizabeth Eddy
  • Japanese players celebrate scoring against USA
  • Japan's Mana Iwabuchi attempts to escape from USA's Amber Brooks
  • USA fans cheer on their team during the match against Japan.

Hiroshi Yoshida, Japan coach
This means so much to us. I'm so happy to have beaten the US, a team considered to be No1 at this tournament. But although people may be shocked at this result, I am not at all surprised that my players were able to reach this level.

Kazbek Tambi, USA coach
We're extremely disappointed. We just didn't keep the ball well enough for most of the match, although we have to give credit to Japan, who played a great match.