Nadeshiko Japan opens Women's World Cup campaign with scoreless draw against Argentina

Argentina vs Japan, 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup – Preview, Prediction, Match Details and Live Streaming

Argentina vs Japan, 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup – Preview, Prediction, Match Details and Live Streaming

Despite fielding eight players making their tournament debut, Japan were considered strong favourites to win the tie, but a resolute Argentinian defence helped Carlos Borrello's side to their first ever World Cup point.

The best of Argentina's chances came when Flor Bonsegundo fired a tame strike straight at goalkeeper Ayaka Yamashita before Marianna Larroquette blazed over from 25 yards out. Minutes later Japan midfielder Yui Hasegawa botched a good chance, swiping left of the goal from close range after a cross from the right.

On the other hand, the 37th ranked South American team, stuck with their defensive strategy which worked well for them.

"We had to keep ourselves back and focused, and be very, very organised with that sort of attitude to come out with a counter-attack". World No. 3 England ran out 3-0 winners when the two sides met at the SheBelieves Cup in March, while 20th-ranked Scotland showed plenty of fight in a 2-1 loss to the English in their group opener. "But the players were cautious today", Takakura said.

Japan played with more urgency in the second half, pushing Argentina back.

As the game moved into added time, Japan pressed for a victor but when Hasegawa's inswinger was collected by Correa, history was made. "It was satisfying to gain a point in this World Cup".

A late Hasegawa effort was one of the few moments of danger for the Argentines, who celebrated an unexpected result, and one which makes Japan's remaining fixtures against England and Scotland all the more important.

Correa then palmed away a low cross from the right in the last minute and was hugged by her teammates at the final whistle. Both will need to find a way to score.

"We knew that if we opened up, we would get hurt". "We have to play really intelligent, compact football and become a really compact team and I think that we can progress".

"We believe that we can continue fighting and we can get more points on board, and not go home with just one".

Buchanan charged into the box on a corner kick and her header bounced into the goal.

Cameroon was a surprise at the 2015 World Cup, advancing out of the group stage before falling to China in the round of 16.

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