Ghana smashed Japan’s defensive record when beating them 1-0 at the U17 Women’s World Cup in Azerbaijan on Friday.
The Little Nadeshiko had not conceded a goal in the three matches they played in the group stage of the competition, scoring an impressive haul of 17 goals.
Sherifatu Sumaila’s 53rd minute strike that went between the legs of goalkeeper Chika Hirao broke that record.
It was the first goal they had conceded in 364 minutes, a new tournament record, though unlikely a feat they’ll celebrate in the circumstances.
Going behind was a novel experience for the Little Nadeshiko and had the task of making it past a Ghana side who were packing the route to goal with bodies.
It took ten minutes for them to make any real headway after Yui Hasegawa showed quick feet to skip past two defenders and shoot from range, but Agyei dived well and gathered.
The way continued to be a tough one, with Japan being forced to efforts from range, Masuya this time going close.