Two days ago, Japan and Thailand played each other in the group phase, but now the 13th place in the final WFC ranking was at stake. Unlike last time, this time Thailand was the stronger team and they won the match with 2-4.
The first battle ended up in a 2-5 victory for Japan, although their two last goals were made with less than a minute left to play. It wouldn’t be an easy game for both teams, that was for sure. Thailand quickly took the lead when Sirinan Boonbut scored 0-1. It was her 11th point of the tournament already! The team doubled the lead at 15.59 through Nelly Johansson, the Swedish Thai who will turn 17 at the end of the month. With one minute left, Japan decreased the gap to one point as Momoka Shimoyama found the net: 1-2.
During the second period, both teams had some chances, but only Thailand found the net once more. Again, it was Boonbut who scored her 12th point (in four games): 1-3!
The final period started with a fast goal for Thailand who saw themselves lead with 1-4. The team took up their game a notch and started pressing their opponents but somehow the bigger chances were for the Thai. Japan did score the 2-4 in powerplay, however, and with around 10 minutes left the game was open again. Despite numerous attempts, Japan was unable to score any more goals.