FIFA Women’s U-20 World Cup: Japan into semis after penalty drama

Japan v France - FIFA U20 Womens World Cup
Japan celebrate the last penalty goal by Haruna Tabata in the shoot-out victory. (Daniela Porcelli / SPP)

Japan and the Netherlands complete the semi-final line-up at the FIFA Women’s U-20 World Cup in Costa Rica.

Japan edged France 5-3 in a shoot-out, following a dramatic 3-3 scoreline after extra-time.

Magnaba Folquet scored first, Yuzuki Yamamoto and Maika Hamano turned the game around, Esther Mbakem-Niaro equalised on 85 minutes, Megane Hoeltzel had France 3-2 up, only for Aoba Fujino to level from a spot-kick in added time.

Nigeria v Netherlands - FIFA U20 Womens World Cup
Netherlands’ Ziva Henry celebrates after scoring her team’s second goal. (Daniela Porcelli / SPP)

The Dutch had a simpler path, with Zera Hulswit and Ziva Henry finding the net against Nigeria in the first half.

Thursday’s semi-finals will see Spain face the Netherlands and Brazil take on Japan.

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