Japan failed to qualify for the Round of 16 as they were knocked out by Colombia. They scored the first goal but came from behind. A missed penalty in the dying minutes of the game was a disappointment.
Japan fell 1-2 to Colombia in their FIFA U-20 World Cup Group C qualifier at the Estadio Ciudad de la Plata at 6 a.m. ET on Friday. Japan opened the scoring in the first half, but conceded back-to-back goals early in the second half.
Japan defeated Senegal in the first round, but the loss leaves them with a 1-1 record and second place in the group behind two-win Colombia. Japan’s chances of advancing to the round of 16 are not insignificant, as Senegal and Israel shared a point in their group with a draw. They will advance to the round of 16 depending on the outcome of their match against Israel in the third round.
The first goal belonged to Japan. In the 29th minute, Riku Yamane found the back of the net off a pass from Daichi Fukui on a corner kick. A short exchange of corners shook the defense before the ball was crossed to Yamane, who slotted the ball into the back of the net with her right foot 안전놀이터.
Colombia went into the second half trailing by a goal, but they didn’t take long to open the scoring. Eight minutes into the second half, Andres Salazar cut in from the left and crossed for Yacer Asprilla, who raced into the center of the box and slotted home with his left foot to open the scoring.
With the game in the balance, Colombia were not satisfied. Six minutes later, they added another goal to put the game out of reach. Second-half substitute Tomas Angel fired home with his left foot from inside the penalty box.
With urgency, Japan brought on Einagawa and Sakamoto to step up their attack. In the 37th minute of the second half, Japan had their chance. As the Colombian defense blocked a cross, the ball hit a hand and a penalty kick was awarded after VAR. Matsuki stepped up to take the spot kick and his left-footed shot hit the post.
Two minutes later, Matsuki’s header hit the post again. Ten minutes of extra time were awarded, but Japan’s goal luck was not to be and they lost 1-2. With their second win, Colombia advance to the Round of 16, while Japan, with a 1-1 record, will face Israel in the third round.
Meanwhile, in Group D, Brazil earned its first win of the tournament with a 6-0 demolition of the Dominican Republic. With a 1-1 record, Brazil is tied with Italy on four points, but is second in the group on goal difference.