3 Arsenal players feature but Japanese screamer beats them

Netherlands 0 Japan 1

Danielle van de Donk, Dominique Janssen and new signing, Vivianne Miedema, all featured duringĀ the Netherlands’ 1-0 friendly defeat by Japan.

De Donk and Miedema both started and came close on a few occasions, though Ayaka Yamashita in the Japan goal was equal to their efforts in the first-half.

Kumi Yokoyama netted the game’s only goal shortly after the hour mark, prompting urgency from the Netherlands in their quest to get back into the match. The goal itself was an absolute screamer, firing into the top corner from outside the box (watch in the video above).

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BREDA, NETHERLANDS – JUNE 09: Kumi Yokoyama (L) and Goalkeeper Ayake Yamashita (C) celebrate after winning the Women’s International Friendly match between Netherlands and Japan at Rat Verlegh Stadion on June 9, 2017 in Breda, Netherlands. (Photo by Lukas Schulze/Getty Images)

Miedema came off after 65 minutes, replaced by Jill Roord while Janssen was introduced with less than ten minutes left. De Donk completed the full 90 minutes on a frustrating afternoon for Mandy van den Berg’s side – this result means they’ve only won one in their last six matches now.

Sari van Veenendaal missed out through injury although she was fit enough to be on the bench.

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