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SheBelieves Cup: Momiki leads Japan past Brazil 3-1

Japan forward Rikako Kobayashi (11) celebrates with Hina Sugita (9), and Jun Endo (19) after Kobayashi scored the go-ahead goal against Brazil during the second half of a SheBelieves Cup women's soccer match Saturday, March 2, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. Japan won 3-1. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

NASHVILLE — In their second consecutive SheBelieves Cup match, Japan’s women’s national team used some late-game magic to get a result.

Just days after scoring in the 91st minute to get a draw against the U.S., Japan scored twice in the final 10 minutes of Saturday’s match to take a 3-1 win over Brazil on a chilly and cloudy day at Nissan Stadium, in front of an announced crowd of 12,586 fans.

Yuka Momiki led the way for Japan, having a hand in each score with a goal and two assists. She notched the equalizer for her side against the U.S. on Wednesday in Chester, Pa.

Momiki created her first bit of magic just before halftime. Left wide open on the right wing, she received a short pass from Emi Nakajima that drew Brazil’s keeper off her line. Momiki delivered a left-footed chip from the edge of the box that sailed over the keeper’s head and landed softly in the back of the net.

Japan held the lead for a bit, but Brazil bounced back in the 57th minute, after Debinha guided a ball that had bounced around the box into the goal. The ball was touched nine times before Debinha unleashed a shot from the top of the box.

In the 81st minute, Japan was able to find the goal for a second time, again with some help from Momiki. The 22-year-old delivered a ball that crossed the box and connected with the head of second-half substitute Rikako Kobayashi, who guided the ball into the net.

Moments later, in the 85th minute, Yui Hasegawa – also a second-half substitute – got a pass from Momiki, dribbled into the box, faked out one defender and danced past another before delivering a powerful shot that landed just inside the near-post, giving Japan a commanding late lead.

Brazil had plenty of chances in this match, out-shooting Japan 22-11, but Japan put more attempts on-target with a 6-5 advantage. Brazil also controlled possession, 55-45, and had more corner kicks, taking six to Japan’s one. No cards were handed out during the game.

Japan now has four points in the SheBelieves Cup, while Brazil is still searching for its first.

Up Next

Japan will face England on Tuesday at 4:25 p.m. ET at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. A matchup between the U.S. and Brazil will follow at 7 p.m.

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