Yui Hasegawa (Nhật Bản) và Zecira Musovic (Thụy Điển)
The upcoming quarter-final match between Japan and Sweden in the 2023 Women’s World Cup promises to be highly anticipated. One of the reasons is that both teams have won all four matches played so far. Japan has scored in every match, only conceding their first goal in the knockout stage against Norway in the 20th minute. On the other hand, Sweden delivered an impressive performance in the knockout stage against the reigning champions, the United States. Despite a weak position with only 42% ball possession and a clear chance to score (1 shot on target), they managed to hold their opponent to a goalless draw in 120 minutes and eventually won in a penalty shootout. The standout player for the Nordic team in this knockout match was goalkeeper Zecira Musovic. The 27-year-old goalkeeper successfully saved all 11 shots on target from the United States in the previous match. Throughout the tournament, Musovic has faced 33 shots on target and only conceded once.
Yui Hasegawa (Nhật Bản) và Stina Blackstenius (Thụy Điển)
The next challenge for Musovic will be midfielder Hinata Miyazawa, known for her deadly goal-scoring abilities. The Sendai player currently leads the top scorer list in the 2023 Women’s World Cup with 5 goals from just 6 shots on target. Miyazawa has been supported well by the second line, especially in counter-attacking situations. Two outstanding midfielders for Japan, Mina Tanaka and Aoba Fujino, have played exceptionally. Tanaka has contributed 2 goals and 3 assists, showing effective ball control and an 80% passing accuracy. Fujino, apart from scoring 1 goal and providing 2 assists, has been involved in 11 attacking plays for Japan.
Sweden also has an attacking approach, with striker Fridolina Rolfo receiving high praise. The Barcelona forward, standing at 1.78m, has shown great positional awareness and has scored 2 goals for Sweden in this tournament. However, the most dangerous attacking threat for Sweden is not their forwards, but rather… center-back Amanda Ilestedt. With a height similar to Rolfo, the 30-year-old Arsenal player excels in set-piece situations. Ilestedt has already scored 3 goals for Sweden in the 2023 World Cup. Sweden’s aerial advantage will allow them to deploy long-ball tactics deep into Japan’s penalty area, utilizing the aerial abilities of Rolfo and Ilestedt.
Sweden is renowned for their defensive prowess and ability to control the game, but in order to defeat an opponent that is considered to be of lower quality, the Nordic team must also focus on their attacking capabilities and even push their defensive line higher. They hope to breach Japan’s defense through aerial battles and set-piece situations. However, a high defensive line also provides an opportunity for Japan to unleash their deadly attacking duo of Miyazawa and Tanaka with their exceptional passing and extraordinary speed.
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NHẬT BẢN: Yamashita – Takahashi, Kumagai, Minami – Shimizu, Hasegawa, Nagano, Endo – Miyazawa, Fujino, Tanaka
THỤY ĐIỂN: Musovic – Bjorn, Ilestedt, Eriksson, Andersson – Angeldahl, Rubensson – Rytting Kaneryd, Asliani, Rolfo – Blackstenius
Prediction: Japan wins 2-0
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