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Monday, 20th August 2012
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Young Nadeshiko to follow senior team's lead?

The Japanese women's football team nabbed the 2011 World Cup title and it seems their younger counterparts could be in line to do the same this year.

Young Nadeshiko took down their Mexican rivals 4-1 in their opening match of the Fifa under-20 Women's World Cup yesterday (August 19th).

Goals from Hanae Shibatam, Hikaru Naomoto, Kumi Yokoyama and Yoko Tanaka took them to an impressive win, despite Mexico's Sofia Huerta scoring one to help cut the deficit. 

Japanese coach Hiroshi Yoshida drew attention to the athletes' teamwork and suggested they needed to focus on their individual skills to succeed in the competition.

"Our frame of mind in this tournament is that Japan is leading women's football in the world," he said.

"If such individuals form a team and thrive to attain the same goal, the teamwork and the result should follow."

Japan, which is hosting the event, will play New Zealand in Miyagi on Wednesday (August 22nd).

Posted by Graham McPherson

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