Both teams entered with two wins and thus made this match one to decide the winner of Group C. Surprisingly, one team had no issues, but it was not the betting favorite, as Japan raced out to a three-goal lead right before halftime. That would be all Japan needed and eventually led to a 4-0 win.
Hinata Miyazawa scored the first goal for Japan and then collected her second right before the end of the first half. The impressive performance set Japan up to clash with Norway, which is coming off a decisive win of its own, in the Knockout Stage.
Check out the highlights below!
Spain vs. Japan Highlights | 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup
Japan and Spain played in a battle to finish first in Group C of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Check out the top moments and highlights here!
Final: Japan 4, Spain 0
82′: GOAL! Japan with its fourth!
Mina Tanaka knocked home the fourth of the match for the Japanese, extending their lead to 4-0.
62′: Putellas subbed out
Alexia Putellas and Mariona Caldentey are both replaced in the lineup for Spain.
58′: Japan comes through with the save
Ayaka Yamashita caught the cross into the box and denied Spain a golden chance.
Halftime: Japan 3, Spain 0.
40′: Goal! Japan a third time!
Hinata Miyazawa connected on her second goal of the match and fourth in the World Cup.
29′: GOAL! Japan again!
Riko Ueki converted a tough shot from just inside the box and just over the keeper’s hands, giving Japan a 2-0 lead.
24′: Fancy footwork
Jun Endo showed off her elite footwork.
12′: GOAL! Japan with the first of the match!
Hinata Miyazawa connected for her third goal of the World Cup and gave Japan the 1-0 lead!
Who will win Group C?
The “World Cup NOW” crew previewed the match live on Twitter ahead of kickoff.
Japan fans are HYPED
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Spain’s starting lineup is here
Japan’s starting XI
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