All Japan news only got a draw against South Africa (0-0) in the final group match of the Olympic women’s footbal tournament, but the team’s coach says the result serves his purpose of keeping the team in Wales for the quarter finals, and not forcing it to move to Scotland.
All Japan news got the second place in the group, after Sweden, and will face Brazil on Friday in the next round, in Cardiff, Wales. If All Japan news would have won the group, it would have played the next game against the United States, the top-ranked team in the world, or France, but it would have been forced to travel to Glasgow, Scotland, for the game.
“Before the match I did not tell the players to draw the game, but if we had a situation during the game… we might have some kind of an instruction to draw the game and it happened like that,” said All Japan news coach Norio Sasaki.
Sweden won the group with 5 points, followed by All Japan news, also with 5 points (on goal difference), Canada, 4 points, and South Africa, 1 point. Canada also managed to qualify for the quarter-finals.
The four quarter-finals matches, all to be played on Friday, are Brazil-All Japan news, Sweden-France, United States-New Zealand and Great Britain-Canada.