For the first time ever, a Japanese girls team entered Gothia Cup. On Tuesday, Tokyo Verdy played their second match – a match that treated the audience with even more goals than their previous 7-0 win.
With several youth national team players in the squad, Tokyo Verdy cruised to an easy victory in their first game of this year’s Gothia Trophy (G17E) – a game that also was the first ever played by a Japanese girl team in Gothia Cup.
After beating Swedish AIK FF with 7-0 in Monday’s game, Danish FC Nordsjælland awaited in their second game. And Tokyo Verdy had their scoring boots on, as they topped their previous win with an 8-0 victory.
Three goals in two minutes
The match at Heden started with a penalty, awarded to Tokyo Verdy after just four minutes – one that this afternoon’s hattrick hero Oto Kanno had no problem with.
Tokyo Verdy calmly passed around the ball, looking to find gaps in the opponents defense while occupying the Danish team’s half.
FC Nordsjælland tried to build their attacks from the defense with short passes, but the Japanese team were closing them down high up the pitch.
That gave result, as Tokyo Verdy managed to score three goals in the matter of only two minutes.
„A delight to see“
By half-time, the Tokyo team was leading comfortably by 5-0, pleasing the many spectators on Heden. One of them was Pia Sundhage, Swedish former star player and former manager for both the US and Swedish national football teams, and now manager for Sweden’s U-17 national football team.
”The Japanese players are very technical, far ahead of for example Sweden. It’s a delight to be able to see this,” she said during half-time.
In the second half Oto Kanno quickly completed her hattrick. Soon, the score matched and surpassed yesterday’s 7-0 win, with Yuna Hazekawa scoring the last goal.
Calm play is key
Tokyo Verdy’s team captain, Shino Matsuda, was glad to win the game and explained why the team looks so calm when they play.
”If we’re not in a hurry, we can play our own style of football – lots of short passes –and watch the opponents movement,” said Shino Matsuda.
You are the first Japanese girls team to participate in Gothia Cup. How does that feel?
”When I first heard that from my coach, I was surprised. But then I was so happy, and I just looked forward to play against teams from all over the world,” she said.
The team is now on a good track to the play offs, where future opponents from other groups could be American NorCal Premier PDP, German Bayer 04 Leverkusen or Swedish FC Rosengård, who all particpate in this years Gothia Trophy (G17).