Two Second Half Penalties From Japan Set Ghana on the Brink of FIFA U20 Women's World Cup Exit

Two Second Half Penalties From Japan Set Ghana on the Brink of FIFA U20 Women's World Cup Exit

Maika Hamano scored twice from the spot in the space of ten minutes as Japan defeated Ghana to take a huge leap to the next stage of the FIFA U20 Women's World Cup.

The defending champions after a difficult first half, returned from the break very determined to take all three points.

Just after the hour mark, the Asians were rewarded a penalty which was expertly executed by Maika Hamano.

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Ghana's Black Princesses suffer another defeat at FIFA U20 Women's World Cup. Credit: @FIFAWWC
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Ten minutes later, the Black Princesses committed another four in the box, and Hamano elected herself for the penalty. She made no mistake to double Japan's lead.

Ghana came close in the first half through striker Abdulai Mukarama, after her effort glance the crossbar. However, it was Japan who dominated, creating nine chances.

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The Black Princesses were resolute in defence to keep the Japanese at bay.

But in the second half, it became tough for the Africans as they struggled to contain Haruna Tabata and Hamano.

Ghana will next face the Netherlands, who play the United States this evening and a win for the Dutch could keep the Black Princesses in the championship with the last day to determine, which team joins Japan to the next stage.

Source: SportsBrief.com