A relentless Japan U-16 women’s side put nine goals past their Bangladeshi counterparts in the Group A fixture of the AFC U-16 Women’s Championship at the Chonburi Stadium today.
Following their disappointing 1-0 loss in their first group match against Thailand, Bangladesh would have hoped for a better showing but were nowhere near the calibre of their opponents.
Japan U16s raced to a 5-0 lead at half-time before adding four more in the second half.
Following their 0-0 draw in the first game against Australia, Japan steamrolled their opponents today with slick passing and movement to go top of Group A after two matches. Bangladesh meanwhile are bottom of the group with two defeats with a goal difference of minus.
Golam Robbani Choton’s girls had a few promising forays into the opposition area but barely tested the opposition goalkeeper. Three-time champions Japan dominated all phases of the game with their attacking brand of football based around fluid movement and high pressing.
Maika Hamano started the scoring as early as the sixth minute after latching onto a Momoko Nebu through pass. Captain Moe Ota doubled the lead and Shinomi Koyama, Hamano, Nebu added three more before half time.
Kyono Hiranaka headed home after the interval before Nebu struck her second of the game. Ririka Tanno struck the eighth and ninth goal of the game in quick succession and although her side pressed on for more goals, Bangladesh held on to avoid a bigger margin of defeat.