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Group D: Japan 3-0 Netherlands

Monday, October 28, 2019
Yamato Wakatsuki-Japan-FIFA U17 v Netherlands

Vitoria: Japan laid out their credentials at the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019 with a convincing 3-0 win over the Netherlands at the Estádio Kléber Andrade in Vitoria on Sunday. 

Yamato Wakatsuki scored in each half, while Jun Nishikawa added a third from the penalty spot as the Asian champions made a statement of intent at Brazil 2019.

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Japan grabbed a stranglehold of their opening group D match as the first half progressed, with their opener nine minutes before the break proving a portent of things to come.

Impressive No 10 Nishikawa set up striker Wakatsuki for the opener, and reprised the feat in the 69th minute with an inch-perfect pass.

U-17日本代表、3-0でU-17オランダ代表に勝利 ~FIFA U-17ワールドカップブラジル2019 #jfa #daihyo

— サッカー日本代表 (@jfa_samuraiblue) October 28, 2019

Nishikawa got his reward from the penalty spot 13 minutes from fulltime after a spot-kick was awarded for handball.

In the other Group D match on Sunday, Senegal defeated USA 4-1.

Japan will play USA next on Wednesday.

Sources:, FIFA via Getty Images