Zambia-Japan live updates: Japan leads the World Cup match 1-0

The FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 kicks off in full force on Saturday (on FS1 and the FOX Sports app) with the Group C match between Zambia and Japan at FMG Stadium Waikato in New Zealand.

This is the first World Cup participation for Zambia, the lowest ranked team to qualify for the tournament ranked 77th in the world. Japan, meanwhile, is more experienced, having made eight previous appearances and won it all in 2011.

Japan has been on the upswing lately, winning three of their last four matches, including against Olympic champion Canada at the SheBelieves Cup in February.

Follow our live coverage below!

Zambia vs Japan

42′: Goal! A sweet pass determines the score

Teamwork makes the dream work! Japan played great football throughout the first half, and finally saw their work pay off as Hinata Miyazawa hit a set-piece for her fifth international goal.

Japan scores Hinata Miyazawa against Zambia

20′: It wouldn’t count!

Japan were under pressure from the start and, after several early chances, managed to score thanks to a fine shot from Mina Tanaka. However, after being checked by the referees with VAR technology, the goal was disallowed due to an offside call.

9′: Jerk!

Catherine Musonda tested her mettle early on, as Japan unleashed a fearsome bid Just He missed the back of the net, deflecting off the post.

6′: step in, step up

Down the starting goalkeeper, Zambia got a massive boost early on, with reserve keeper Musonda showing poise by thwarting an early shot attempt.

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5 ‘: push forward

Japan needs a major tournament from their forwards if they are to reignite the success they enjoyed a decade ago, and Tanaka showed her aggressiveness early on by pressing Zambia’s defence.

before the match

stage setting

The “World Cup NOW” crew previewed the match live on Twitter before kick-off.

Get into the rhythm

Zambia’s Copper Queens had over 100 responses as they prepared to take to the field for the first time at the World Cup finals. In fact, they have their very own World Cup song available now!

“Train every day with high goals”

Japanese Jun Endo has been playing soccer since she was two years old. She shares some tips for young gamers in this video feature.

Ready to go

These teams have different experience levels, but both are looking to get off to a fast start and find success in this tournament.

Check out the full Women’s World Cup schedule and how to watch every match live here. Find the latest results here.

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