Australia´s first win
To guarantee an approach at the finals Japan had to win this match. Satoshi shot a brilliant goal and put Japan in the lead.But the „Aussie“ team this time showed an excellent motivation again.They forced each other to make sure tha they win every 50/50 chance ball. Headcoach Pat Mc Cann saw:”an intense game, with us celebrating at the end!” Team Japan had a few early chances, but no scoring. Both teams relied very much on counter attacks.
The second half gave Australia three really good chances which they missed, then Nikola got an assist from the right side and slotted into the right corner. When only 4 minutes to go Australia got a frrekick. Michael scored from 25 m distance into the top left corner. The last minutes Team Australia defended furiously. Japan had three more corners and a clearing on the line. Australia´s party started! Right at the end of the preliminaries. Now they are back into the run up for the third place.