Japan ease to victory in battle of champions
Yamato Wakatsuki nets double as Japan overwhelm the Netherlands
Japan deserving winners after creating better goalscoring opportunities
Both teams were crowned continental champions during qualifying
Japan laid out their credentials at the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019™ with a convincing 3-0 win over the Netherlands in Vitoria on Sunday. Yamato Wakatsuki scored in each half, while Jun Nishikawa added a third from the penalty spot as the Asian champions made a statement of intent at Brazil 2019.
Japan grabbed a stranglehold of the match as the first half progressed, with their opener nine minutes before the break proving a portent of things to come. Impressive No10 Nishikawa set up striker Wakatsuki for the opener, and reprised the feat midway through the second half with an inch-perfect pass. Nishikawa got his reward from the penalty spot 13 minutes from fulltime after a spot-kick was awarded for handball.
The Netherlands face a major challenge now in a tough group which also features Senegal and USA. However, they can take some positives from the contest after dominating possession and nearly matching their opponents for shots on target, even if Japan looked more dangerous in the attacking third.
Group D [[flag-ned-xs]] Netherlands-Senegal [[flag-sen-xs]] (Vitoria/Cariacica, 17:00 local time) [[flag-usa-xs]] USA-Japan [[flag-jpn-xs]] (Vitoria/Cariacica, 20:00 local time)
Brazil 2019: JPN - NED
Satoshi Tanaka of Japan defends Ian Maatsen of Netherlands
VITORIA, BRAZIL - OCTOBER 27: Satoshi Tanaka of Japan defends Ian Maatsen of Netherlands during the Group D Match between Japan and Netherlands in the...
Yamato Wakatsuki of Japan, second from left, celebrates with teammates
VITORIA, BRAZIL - OCTOBER 27: Yamato Wakatsuki of Japan, second from left, celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the Group D Match bet...