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Japan will show their quality, says Hirosawa

Thursday, November 7, 2019
Maho Hirosawa 2- Japan U19

Chonburi: Super-sub Maho Hirosawa is confident Japan can clinch a record-breaking third consecutive AFC U-19 Women’s Championship title when they face DPR Korea in the 2019 edition’s final on Saturday.

Hirosawa, came on as a second-half substitute and scored a brace in Japan’s 7-0 win over Australia on Wednesday, as the competition’s five-time winners set up their showdown with DPR Korea who defeated Korea Republic 3-1 in the other semi-final.

Japan are the most successful side having won the AFC U-19 Women's Championship in 2002, 2009, 2011, 2015 and 2017 and can land their sixth title if they beat DPR Korea in the final.

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The defending champions have been impressive so far netting 16 goals in the tournament and Hirosawa is delighted to be making a habit of scoring off the bench.

"I'm glad to have scored in this match. I didn't play in the first two matches against Korea Republic and China, so when the opportunity presented itself, I took it in my stride and scored,” she said.

Semi-final: Japan vs Australia

"Before the match against Australia, we were anticipating a tough aggressive game. As the Australians can be physically imposing.

“But in reality, it was the opposite and the players were quite surprised to be honest."

The forward also found the net against Myanmar on Matchday Three and her double against the Young Matildas only served to underline the quality that exists throughout Japan’s squad.

“We believe we can accomplish our goals with the team that we have and everyone in the team delivers 100 percent on the field.

"Our long-term goal is to win the World Cup and become champions. In the semi-final against Australia, we were not satisfied with the low score [at half-time], therefore we went for goals.

"Every year DPR Korea has a very strong team but that will not deter or steer us away from achieving our target and we will do our best in the final."

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