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Aya Sameshima 6, Yuika Sugasawa
Ajara Nchout 90
Japan named five changes from their win over Switzerland. Keeper Ayumi Kaihori, Yukari Kinga, Aya Sameshima, Nahomi Kawasumi replaced Erina Yamane, Saori Ariyoshi, Homare Sawa, Shinobu Ohno and Kozue Ando – whose injury picked up in their first game has seen ruled out of the rest of the tournament.
Japan started strongly, with Rumi Utsugi having her dangerous shot blocked.
But it wasn’t long until they took the lead. Nahomi Kawasumi’s cross was smartly left by Yuki Ogimi allowing Aya Sameshima to score at the far post.
Cameroon nearly immediately equalised, but Raissa Feudjio’s 30-yard shot was always just curling wide.
And then Japan doubled their lead. A short corner saw Aya Miyama play a high inswinging cross towards the far post, over the reach of the keeper, finding Yuika Sugasawa who scored with a guided header.
Near the end of the first half, Cameroon should have pulled a goal back. Some wonderful skill from Gaelle Enganamouit saw her beat three defenders, before picking out Madeleine Ngono Mani who somehow shot wide of the right post.
Cameroon started the second half strongly, but Japan seemed able to deal with their final delivery. Francine Zouga came close from 25 yards, but her shot was always going over. Zouga had another long-distance attempt shortly after, but once again it cleared the crossbar.
Japan could have made it 3-0 when Yukari Kinga’s deep cross picked out Homare Sawa, but she headed wide.
But Cameroon kept on pressing. Zouga’s free-kick picked out Ajara Nchout, who in the scramble had two shots blocked in quick succession. The ball fell to Gabrielle Onguene, but she blasted her shot wide of the near post.
Zouga had another effort from distance, but this time she forced Ayumi Kaihori to tip her shot past the post.
With the second half coming to an end, Augustine Ejangue’s bouncing ball landed near Enganamouit, but somehow she ducked under the ball and failed to make contact.
But in the 90th minute, Cameroon pulled a goal back. Enganamouit’s delightful ball sent Ajara Nchout through and she converted the chance with a calm finish, with the ball brushing the inside of the left post.
And then they nearly equalised. Nchout repaid the favour by picking out Enganamouit whose header looked like it was going in, but in the end, it just crept wide of the far post.
Woman of the Match
Gaelle Enganamouit – Cameroon.
Japan: (4-4-2) Auyumi Kaihori, Yukari Kinga, Azusa Iwashimizu, Saki Kumagai, Rumi Utsugi, Nahomi Kawasumi (Shinobu Ohno 55), Mizuho Sakaguchi (Homare Sawa 64), Aya Miyama (c), Aya Sameshima, Yuki Ogimi, Yuika Sugasawa (Megumi Kamionobe 85).
Goals: Aya Sameshima 6, Yuika Sugasawa 17
Cameroon: (4-2-3-1) Annette Ngo Ndom, Claudine Meffometou Tcheno, Cathy Bou Ndjouh, Christine Manie, Yvonne Leuko, Raissa Feudjio, Jeannette Yango, Gabrielle Onguene (Augustine Ejangue 72), Genevieve Ngo Mbeleck (Francine Zouga HT), Gaelle Enganamouit, Madeleine Ngono Mani (Ajara Nchout 62).
Goal: Ajara Nchout 90.
Booked: Genevieve Ngo Mbeleck 43.