Japan will regret missing out on a number of chances after opening their FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 campaign with a goalless draw against Argentina.
Asako Takakura’s side easily played the majority of the match in the opponent’s half but failed to score even once after making as many as eight attempts to do so. Notably, three of these shots were on target.
On the other hand, the 37th ranked South American team, stuck with their defensive strategy which worked well for them. Drawing a game against World No. 7 and getting their first points ever in a FIFA Women’s World Cup will count as a remarkable achievement for the Argentines.
After a first half which didn’t produce many goal-scoring opportunities for Japan, they missed to take the lead in the 50th minute when Yuika Sugasawa kicked it wide from a difficult angle.
Japan missed another similar chance six minutes later, and these missed chances cost them a win and a couple of invaluable points at the points tally.
In FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019, Japan will next meet the 20th-ranked Scotland in Rennes on Friday, 14 June, who showed plenty of determination and fight in their opening 2-1 loss to England, and will not be an “easy” opposition.
Argentina, meanwhile, will take on World No. 3 and tournament favourites England on Saturday, 15 June.