Japan 7-1 Ghana: Nadeshiko humiliate Black Queens in women's friendly

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Asako Takakura's outfit proved too strong for their African counterparts in an exhibition game on Sunday

There was yet another heavy defeat for Ghana's women national team as they suffered a 7-1 thrashing at the hands of Japan in an international friendly on Sunday.

Jane Ayieyam scored for the Black Queens but goals from Mina Tanaka, Mana Iwabuchi, Rika Masuya, Emi Nakajima, Hikari Takagi, Yuika Sugasawa and Aya Sameshima secured a heavy bragging right for Nadeshiko at Transcosmos Stadium in Nagasaki. 

The match marked the end of Japan's friendly preparation for the Women’s Asian Cup, which runs between April 6 and 20.

For Ghana, who beat Cote D’Ivoire to lift the recent Wafu Women's Afcon, Sunday's fixture is part of their list of friendlies ahead of hosting the 2018 Women's Africa Cup of Nations in November / December.

It is the team's third heavy friendly defeat against non-African sides in recent times following an 11-0 loss to Germany in 2016 and an 8-0 fall to France last year. 

Mina Tanaka opened the scoring for Japan in the 14th minute, slotting the ball past goalkeeper Patricia Mantey when Rika Masuya laid a through-ball.

Ayieyam hit back for Ghana in the 25th minute, capitalising on a defensive lapse to slot home a rebound after her header came off the woodwork.

The hosts, however, restored their lead three minutes later through Iwabuchi, who scrambled the ball over the line when Mantey's save from Tanaka's effort fell in her path.

Three minutes to half-time, Japan made it 3-1 as Masuya slammed home from about 12 yards when Nakajima delivered a cross into the box.

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There minutes after recess, it was Nakajima's time to shine as she scored to make it 4-0, having been set up by Rin Sumida.

Takagi and substitute Sugasawa then added their names to the score sheet, before Sameshima netted the last goal to ensure a 7-1 win for the hosts. 

 

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