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Japan advances to quarter-finals of the World Cup

Japan has advanced to the quarter-finals of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup with their victory over Norway on Saturday.

Japan’s first goal was actually a Norweigan own goal in the 15th minute. Hinata Miyazawa whipped in a cross which deflected off of Norweigan player Ingrid Engen and into the goal.

Norway tied the game with a head goal in the 20th minute. The score remained 1-1 when the teams headed into the locker room at halftime.

Japan took the lead again early on in the second half. In the 50th minute, right back Risa Shimizu latched onto a misplaced pass in the box and scored. The team sealed their victory with a brilliant counter-attacking goal scored by Hinata Miyazawa.

The Japanese looked comfortable throughout the game enjoying 61% of the possession. They finished with 16 total shots and 4 shots on target. They await the winner of Sunday’s game between Sweden and the United States.

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