Spain vs Japan- SheBelieves Cup preview

Thursday, March 5th, 2020 3:58pm

By Will Taylor @wtbroadcast

Spain take on Japan in this year's opening fixture of the SheBelieves Cup and both will be out to prove a point.

The SheBelieves Cup returns tonight for the fifth instalment of the tournament, with Phil Neville’s England team the current reigning Champions. The USA welcomes Spain, Japan and England to the country for the competition.

 

2011 World Cup winners Japan are taking part in their first tournament since the heartbreak of crashing out of the 2019 World Cup in the round of 16 to a last minute penalty against eventual finalists, the Netherlands. Building up to this tournament though the Japanese have won five games in a row, scoring an astounding 19 goals in the process.

This tournament will provide a good opportunity to bounce back into the great side they were just under a decade ago.

The Spaniards also crashed out of last year's World Cup at the same stage, losing out to eventual winners and SheBelieves tournament hosts the USA. They have suffered indifferent form since exiting the 2019 World Cup in France, winning just two of their last five games and suffering defeats to USA, France and a disappointing draw against Poland.

 

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The next few years could be exciting for La Roja though, as their youth sides won the 2018 U-17 Women's World Cup and were runners up in the U-20 Women's World Cup.

As the sport continues to grow across the world, this could be an interesting tournament and game for the Spanish side.

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Team News

Due to six Liga Iberdrola fixtures being played on Sunday, many of Spain’s squad for the SheBelieves Cup had to make the long trip to the United States immediately after their games had finished on Sunday evening.

As a result, Jorge Vilda’s side will have to shake off some serious jet-leg as they prepare for their opening clash.

With the Spanish side possessing an average age of 25, they will have the slight edge in terms of experience over their Japanese counterparts who have an average age of 24.

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