Strong first half for the Japanese. Aya Miyama did a great job of giving them lots of chances along the left flank especially. The first goal was a classic Japanese play with a nice chip over the dense to a waiting a forward who gets a breakaway and chips the ball over the goalie standing in no man lands.
New Zealand equalized six minutes later with a perfect header by 5’9 Amber Hearn. Though the Japanese would have a hard time guarding that kind of height she was actually wide open. A major mistake. This is just New Zealand’s second goal in the WWC.
Going into halftime the score remained 1 to 1, but no doubt New Zealand needed to discuss how to get more possession. The Japanese tired out their defense and got all kinds of chances.