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Japan ace Morita sets sights on claiming World Cup spot 


Monday, November 4, 2019
Misaki Morita - Japan U19 vs China PR

Chonburi: Rising star Misaki Morita has revealed that Japan are fully focused on beating Australia in the AFC U-19 Women’s Championship Thailand 2019 semi-finals to claim a place at next year’s FIFA U-20 World Cup in Nigeria.


The dynamic midfielder scored her side’s second goal in Sunday’s hard-fought 2-1 win over China PR, a result which saw reigning champions Japan claim pole position in Group B and sail into the competition’s last four on the back of three successive victories.

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With the tournament’s top three finishers assured of a ticket to the U-20 Women’s World Cup, Morita has revealed that Japan are more determined than ever to seal their ticket to the global extravaganza – a competition which they won last time out in 2018.

“I will, of course, work towards scoring in the semi-finals, but our final goal is getting a ticket to the 2020 FIFA U-20 World Cup,” she said.

Group B: Japan vs China PR

“All the players in the team have drive and passion as well as good communication skills. I believe these are key factors for a team to progress far in any competition, especially the 2020 FIFA U-20 World Cup.”

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“We are undefeated in the last two editions of the AFC U-19 Women's Championship, so if all the players work together we can achieve the same success.

“In my opinion Australia have speedy and quality players, but as a team I think we can get the win and qualify for the FIFA U-20 World Cup.”

U-19日本女子代表、中国を下し3連勝でグループステージ首位通過! ~AFC U-19女子選手権タイ2019~ #jfa #nadeshiko #daihyo https://t.co/LfbnIjjEhH

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Semi-finals

DPR KOREA v KOREA REPUBLIC
Chonburi Stadium, 16:00 (UTC+7)

JAPAN v AUSTRALIA
Chonburi Stadium, 20:00 (UTC+7)

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