U-20 Women’s World Cup: Black Princesses facing early exit after defeat to Japan

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The female U-20 team, the Black Princesses suffered a 2-0 defeat to holders Japan in the second Group D game of the 2022 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Costa Rica.

Ghana came into the game hoping to bounce back to winning ways after suffering a 3-0 defeat to the United States of America (USA) in the first group game.

In the first half of the game which saw no goals, the Black Princesses improved on their display from the first game, coming close to scoring twice through Suzzy Dede and Mukarama Abdulai.

At the start of the second half, Ghana found themselves on the ropes after Jacqueline Owusu gave a penalty away by handling the ball in the box. Talisman Maika Hamano stepped up and made no mistake.

Ghana’s wounds was compounded in the 73rd minute when Japan was awarded another spot-kick, Maika Hamano once again stepped up and scored to make it 2-0.

In the 90th minute, the Black Princesses thought they had pulled one back through Salamatu Abdulai but the referees’ whistle cut her celebrations short. Japan from then saw the game through to win 2-0.

The results means the Black Princesses will be out of the competition should USA beat or draw against Netherlands in their second group game scheduled for later today.

The Black Princesses will play their last game of the competition on Wednesday, August 17 against Netherlands at the Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica.

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