USA and Japan finish 0-0
Both sides submit solid defensive performances
Japan's four points good for second in Group D
USA and Japan finished in a scoreless draw at the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019™ on Wednesday, with few clear-cut goal scoring chances afforded for either side. The result gives the Samurai Blue a three-point cushion in second place of Group D, while USA move into third by picking up their first point at Brazil 2019.
Stars and Stripes head coach Raphael Wicky sprung a pair of surprises on his opponents, opting to begin the match with star No10 Giovanni Reyna on the bench and to replace Damian Las with Chituru Odunze in goal. When Reyna subbed on in the 55th minute he energised the USA attack with a more direct approach, though in the end was kept off the scoresheet.
The Asian champions entered Estadio Kleber Andrade brimming with confidence following their comprehensive opening triumph against the Netherlands. Much like in that match, No9 Yamato Wakatsuki was their best performer. This time, though, there would be no goals. The USA defence proved adept at dealing with Japan's methodical offense.
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VITORIA, BRAZIL - OCTOBER 30: Joseph Scally of United States reacts after missing a shot on gaol during the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019 group D match between United States and Japan at EstÃ¡dio KlÃ©ber Andrade on October 30, 2019 in Vitoria, Brazil. (Photo by Maddie Meyer - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
VITORIA, BRAZIL - OCTOBER 30: Chituru Odunze of United States saves a shot from Satoshi Tanaka of Japan during the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019 group D match between United States and Japan at EstÃ¡dio KlÃ©ber Andrade on October 30, 2019 in Vitoria, Brazil. (Photo by Maddie Meyer - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)