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February 27, 2024

Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji

It was a feast of goals as Copa American Femenina champions, Brazil secured a 4-3 win over 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup winners, Japan in an international friendly match on Thursday.

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Aoba Fujino gave the Asian side the lead in the 38th minute before the South Americans responded with the equaliser three minutes later thanks to Bia Zaneratto.

The Brazilians came out smoking in the second period and took the lead in the 61st minute from Gabi Portilho and extended their lead with Zaneratto’s second goal of the match two minutes later.

With their first defeat in 11 games steering at the Asian side, Jun Endo reduced the deficit from the penalty spot in the 86th minute.

Two minutes later, Mina Tanaka equalised for Japan, and the game was destined for a draw before the Brazilian dropped the final dice.

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Priscila converted the winning goal for Brazil in the additional minute of the second half to seal a 4-3 win.

The loss ended Japan’s 10-match winning streak after their loss to Sweden in the FIFA Women’s World Cup.

The two teams will meet again on December 3 before Brazil’s game with Nicaragua in another friendly match. Japan will face North Korea next year in a two-legged Paris 2024 Olympic Qualifiers.

Meanwhile…

Since switching Federations, Russian women’s national team has been playing friendlies in preparation for competitive football return after their ban by the Union of European Football Association (UEFA) given their war against Ukraine.

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The team recorded a 3-0 win against Paraguay in an international friendly match on Thursday.

First-half goals from Lina Yakupova, Yana Sheina, and Valeria Bizenkova ensured third straight win for Russia after previously beating Iran twice in friendly games.

The two teams will face off again on December 3.

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