Mana Iwabuchi (#20 Aston Villa) preparing for an interview after the Barclays FA Women's Super League match between Aston Villa and Arsenal at Banks's Stadium in Walsall, England - Image by Sports Press Photo

Aston Villa forward Iwabuchi plays first hour as Japan net seven again

Aston Villa forward Mana Iwabuchi played the first hour of Japan’s 7-0 victory over Panama in Tokyo earlier this morning.

The 28-year-old netted a brace against Paraguay in her side’s first international friendly fixture on Thursday but she was unable to add to her national team goal tally against Panama this morning, although she was heavily involved in five of her side’s goals.

Japan took the lead after eight minutes when Iwabuchi’s shot was saved by visiting keeper Yenith Bailey and Yuika Sugasawa fired home the rebound. Asako Takakura’s side soon made it 2-0 when Risa Shimizu lifted the ball into the roof of the net before Yui Hasegawa netted a third, floating the ball in after Iwabuchi had caused chaos for Bailey in the area.

Sugasawa then netted her second goal of the game with a close range finish with Bailey already beaten before Yuka Momiki made it 5-0 to Japan on the stroke on half-time after Iwabuchi’s initial effort had cannoned back off the post.

Japan netted a sixth goal 11 minutes into the second half when Iwabuchi’s cross was met by Sugasawa who completed her hat-trick before Hina Sugita completed the scoring five minutes later.

With two wins, 14 goals scored and none conceded, it has been a positive camp for Japan who continue their preparations ahead of being the host nation of the Olympic women’s football tournament this summer.

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