USWNT Rival Watch: Japan at the 2012 Algarve Cup (Catch-up)

At the 2012 Algarve Cup, Japan’s Women’s National Team won all three of its group matches, including its final group match versus the United States. By topping the group, Japan played in the placement match for first place, where they lost 4:3 in a match that saw 3 goals scored in the final few minutes.

(No real analysis this time, this is mostly just bookmarking of links and notes.)

Homare Sawa, who recently stepped down as captain of the squad, was absent for Japan’s final two matches (USA, Germany) due to what has subsequently been diagnosed as “benign paroxysmal positional vertigo.”

Other notables: (1) Japan’s first “normal time” victory over the United States; and (2) Yuki Nagasato and Nahomi Kawasumi each scored 2 goals during the tournament.

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(note: assist details are not readily available)

Japan 2, Norway 1 (29-Feb-2012).
45: Yuki Nagasato.
65: Nahomi Kawasumi.

Starting XI: Kaihori, Kinga, Kumagai, Sameshima, Utsugi, Sakaguchi, Miyami, Sawa, Ohno, Kawasumi, Nagasato.

JFA write-ups (English, Sasaki quotes), JFA box score.

Japan 2, Denmark 0 (02-Mar-2012).
52: Yuika Sugasawa.
90+2: Ohno Shinobu.

JFA write-ups (English, Sasaki quotes), JFA box score.

Starting XI: Fukumoto, Kinga, Iwashimizu, Kumagai, Ariyoshi, Tanaka, Miyami, Ito, Kyokawa, Takase, Sugasawa.

Japan 1, USA 0 (05-Mar-2012).
84: Megumi Takase. (web box score says 83rd, but officially it is 84th)

JFA write-ups (English, Sasaki quotes, Miyami quotes), JFA box score.

Starting XI: Fukumoto, Kinga, Iwashimizu, Kumagai, Sameshima, Tanaka, Sakaguchi, Miyama, Nagasato, Ando, Ohno.

Japan 3, Germany 4 (07-Mar-2012).
35: Nahomi Kawasumi.
55: Rumi Utsugi.
90: Yuki Nagasato.

JFA write-ups (English, Sasaki quotes), JFA box score.

Starting XI: Kaihori, Iwashimizu, Sameshima, Utsugi, Ariyoshi, Sakaguchi, Miyami,  Kawasumi, Ohno, Ando, Nagasato.

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TABLE: Playing Minutes, Japan, 2012 Algarve Cup
(The number preceding each player’s name is their shirt number.)

##: Player            P.   NOR  DEN  USA  GER   Total
01: KAIHORI Ayumi     GK    90    0    0   90     180
12: FUKUMOTO Miho     GK     0   90   90    0     180
04: KUMAGAI Saki      DF    90   90   90   45     315
02: KINGA Yukari      DF    68   90   90   45     293
13: UTSUGI Rumi       DF    90   45   25   90     250
14: TANAKA Asuna      DF    22   90   89   44     245
05: SAMESHIMA Aya     DF    90    0   90   45     225
15: ARIYOSHI Saori    DF    22   90    0   90     202
03: IWASHIMIZU Azusa  DF     0   90   65   45     200
08: MIYAMI Aya        MF    90   70   90   90     340
06: SAKAGUCHI Mizuho  MF    83    0   79   90     252
09: KAWASUMI Nahomi   MF    90   20   25   90     225
07: ANDO Kozue        MF     0    0   65   45     110
10: SAWA Homare*      MF    68    0   NR   NR      68
16: ITO Kanako        MF     7   45    1    0      53
18: KIRYU Nanase      MF     0   33    0    1      34
17: NAGASATO Yuki     FW    70   20   90   90     270
11: OHNO Shinobu      FW    83    8   65   89     245
19: TAKASE Megumi     FW    20   90   25    1     136
20: SUGASAWA Yuika    FW     0   70   11    0      81
21: KYOKAWA Mai       FW     7   49    0    0      56

*Sawa sat out the last two matches due to what was subsequently diagnosed as benign paroxysmal positional vertigo.