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FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023: Japan Thrashed Norway 3-1 to Secure Place in the Quarter Final

Japan eliminated Norway with a 3-1 victory in Wellington, continuing their stellar play in the Women’s World Cup to move to the quarterfinals. After Norway assisted Japan with both of their opening goals—Ingrid Syrstad Engen diverted a cross into her own net for the first goal and Vilde Boe Risa’s back pass set up Risa Shimizu for the second—Hinata Miyazawa sealed a decisive victory on the counter-attack with her fifth World Cup goal.

The only goal Japan had given up in the tournament, an equalizer by Guro Reiten, had occurred in the first half, but Norway’s top attackers Caroline Graham Hansen and Ada Hegerberg, who entered the game as late substitutes, were mainly kept quiet.

Aitana Bonmati scored a remarkable brace in the earlier match as Spain defeated Switzerland 5-1 to advance to the Women’s World Cup quarterfinals for the first time. Spain faced pressure after losing to Japan 4-0 in the group stages, but they rebounded admirably, and they will now play either the Netherlands or South Africa in the semifinals.

The Norwegians themselves prepared the path for their downfall by beginning to make unthinkable efforts, whether it was fate or something else. After 15 minutes, Engen attempted to clear a cross that was in the centre of the area and instead scored an unexpected own goal.

Reiten prevailed by overwhelming might in the air and even the playing field after 20 minutes, giving the Europeans some solace and inspiring them to celebrate their prowess in the aerial game.

A physical struggle ensued, and Norway made a tremendous attempt to stop their opponent’s lightning-quick attack. However, after 50 minutes, Norway’s resistance was broken when Shimizu took advantage of a rebound and unexpectedly startled all the red defenders by sending the ball to the bottom of the net from behind.

When Saevik sent his shot wide open almost in front of the goal, Norway was able to tie the game. However, Mizayawa converted a three-point play at the 81-minute mark to make it 3-1. Beyond the examination of a potential phantom aim, there was not enough time for a response, which did not jeopardize the Japanese classification.

Japan, which did not bring the popular symbol, has been competitively embellishing it. Many think it can deliver the major surprise. The victor of Sweden vs. United States will now advance to the quarterfinals.

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