Japan come from behind to reach last 16

3位なのに次に行けるのか。

ふぅ〜ん。

「Japan come from behind to reach last 16」

Italy and Japan played out a 2-2 draw with a Ritsu Doan brace earning a point for the Asian champions that saw both progress into the knockout round from FIFA U-20 World Cup Group D in second and third place.

In seemingly a straight-shootout for second spot, Italy arrived with the ace of goal difference up their sleeve. They looked like they would be able to keep it firmly tucked away, though, as they raced into a two-goal lead inside ten minutes.

A stunning volleyed cross from the left Andrea Favilli was expertly turned in by Riccardo Orsolini. Then, a smart free-kick from Francesco Cassata clipped over the wall allowed Guiseppe Panico to slam home.

It would have been easy to assume that was that. But that was not accounting for Doan. A chink of light appeared when he got a stud on Keita Endo’s in-swinging cross to nutmeg Andrea Zaccagno and halve the deficit before the break.

His second was something special. Charging into the area, the three Italian defenders around knew they could not touch the fleet-footed Gamba Osaka man and, with Zaccagno on-rushing, he nudged the ball into the net.

http://www.fifa.com/u20worldcup/matches/round=275960/match=300367052/match-report.html

FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017 - Groups - FIFA.com」

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U−20日本、W杯ベスト16進出! 堂安が躍動、2点差追いつきイタリアとドロー

この結果、イタリアは2位で決勝トーナメントへの進出が決定。また、3位となった日本も、すでに最終節を終えているA組3位のアルゼンチン、B組3位のドイツの成績を上回ったため、グループステージ突破が決まった。

 日本は決勝トーナメント1回戦でU−20ベネズエラ代表、もしくはU−20イングランド代表と対戦する。