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Japan stuns Spain in YOG futsal semi-finals

Date : 16 Oct 2018

uenos Aires, Argentina, October 16, 2018: Japan’s women’s futsal team stunned the pride of Europe in the semi-finals of the Youth Olympic Games as they beat Spain 3-2.

Having eliminated one of the tournament favourites in the last four, Japan will now play another European powerhouse Portugal in the final at Tecnopolis Park on Wednesday – the day before the closing ceremony of the YOG.

The Portuguese thrashed Bolivia 16-2 in the other semi-final and are regarded as red-hot favourites to win the gold medal.

"We played a great match against a great rival. I think that we did very good team work," said Japan’s Mai Miyamoto.

In the earlier semifinal, the Portuguese team crushed the Bolivian squad, with defender Ana Sofia Goncalves scoring an impressive six goals.

"All that matters, as always, is the victory, it doesn’t matter who scores goals and who doesn’t,” Goncalves said. “Individualism does not work. From time to time it’s good, of course, but in general what’s important is the team."

She added that the team was well prepared, confident and focused on Wednesday’s final.

Japan's Miyamoto also spoke about the upcoming match for gold against Portugal: "Without a doubt it will be a difficult match, but we will try so that, this time, the victory goes to us."

Japan and Portugal already played each other in the preliminary round of Group D. In that game, the European team won 2-0.

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