Argentina drew 0-0 with 2011 champions Japan on Monday to earn its first point in the women’s world cup. Argentina lost their previous six World Cup matches in 2003 and 2007, and missed the 2011 and 2015 tournaments and had been outscored 33-2 in the previous six World Cup matches before their 2019 debut against Japan. /p>
“for women’s soccer in argentina it’s great that we’re starting to flourish,” said argentinian coach carlos borrello. “We are just beginning our journey and we are just beginning to take on these powerful forces in football.”
Argentina offered little threat, but was compact and difficult for Japan to break. “I congratulate my players. The fact that they understand your game plan and are so disciplined on the field is very satisfying to watch,” he Borrello said. “We couldn’t play any other way against this team. we had to stay back and be very, very organized and then come out with some counter-attacks. it was very satisfying to win a point.”
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Japan took until the 50th minute to test goalkeeper Vanina Correa, who saved striker Kumi Yokoyama’s low shot from about 35 meters. Minutes later, Japanese midfielder Yui Hasegawa squandered a fine opportunity, deflecting to the left of goal from close range after a cross from the right.
Correa then deflected a low cross from the right at the last minute and her teammates hugged her at the final whistle.
“This point is very, very important to us. we will be able to show what argentina represents as a team”, said midfielder and captain estefania banini. “I think we can do this, we can compensate and compensate for the gap that exists. we can make up for it with our attitude.”
The gap between the teams was not so obvious, but also because Japan, runner-up in 2015, was lackluster.
japan has just one win in seven matches this year. The team has lost twice with four draws, including Monday’s against Argentina. It was a quiet night at the Parc des Princes, with the 48,000-capacity stadium at just over half capacity, a far cry from the raucous atmosphere during France’s 4-0 victory over South Korea on Friday.
Argentine centre-forward Sole Jaimes made her presence felt with strong challenges in the first half, one of which drew a gasp from the crowd. But referee Stephanie Frappart, who next season becomes the first woman to referee full-time in France’s top men’s league, Ligue 1, did not book her. She did, however, show yellow cards to two Japanese players at the end of the first half for less forceful interventions.
Japan had a lot of possession around the Argentine side but couldn’t find a way to test Correa in the first half. However, a leash handling error almost gave Japan the lead. He misjudged Yokoyama’s shot from 35 yards and patted it to his right, where the advancing Yuika Sugasawa caught it from a tight angle.
He later made his peace with a commanding presence in corners and centers that was a welcome relief to his teammates. “I have no doubt that the goalkeeper has a very strong influence on the whole team,” he Borrello said. he “he has a lot of experience and he showed it.”
argentina will play england next and japan will face scotland. both games are on Friday.