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Published 10 November 2023 3 min read
England Para Teams

Report: England Deaf Women 0-3 Japan

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FA Staff

England Deaf Women were beaten 3-0 by Japan in their opening game at the World Deaf Futsal Championships in Brazil.

Two first-half goals and a third late on – despite positive second-half signs – condemned Chris Day’s side to defeat in São Paulo.

Japan took an early lead in the game, as they found space down England’s right, with a cross across the face of goal being tapped home from close range.

After an even spell, in which England worked hard but were unable to create a clear goalscoring opportunity, Japan found their second of the game in similar fashion to the first.

A ball across the goal found an unmarked Japan player at the far post, who slid the ball into the back of the net.

England’s best opening of the half came shortly before the break, as captain Zara Musker found space down the left, but her cross aiming for Lucindha Lawson was well marshalled by the Japan goalkeeper.

England knew they had to go for it second half, and not long after the restart, Lawson became a fly goalkeeper when in possession.
Capatin Zara Musker was impressive on the wing
Capatin Zara Musker was impressive on the wing
The player advantage out on pitch saw England dominate the ball, with Japan settling in to a solid defensive shape.

Lawson and Musker had the clearest opportunities for England initially, before Rose Kent was denied by a brilliant save from the Japan goalkeeper, as she tipped Kent’s effort onto the crossbar.

England kept pressing, but Japan stood firm and eventually found a third. They won back possession just inside their own half, and with Lawson up the pitch in the fly goalkeeper role, were able to guide the ball into the empty net.

Day’s side will be back in action on Saturday evening, as they take on hosts Brazil in their second group game, before the first rest day on Sunday.

They will then take on Germany on Monday and Argentina on Tuesday, before rounding off the group against Ireland on Thursday 16 November.

Their final group position will decide whether they compete in the final of the tournament (the top two teams from the group) or a play-off match.
England: 1 Molly Ripley, 3 Zara Musker ©, 4 Maisie O’Shea, 6 Lucindha Lawson, 8 Faye Williams

Substitutes used:
5 Louise Hogan, 7 Danielle Evans, 9 Rose Kent, 10 Emma Brown

Head coach: Chris Day

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