Team Japan showed off another impressive performance when Team Sweden was beaten by 57-0 in the third round of the tournament. Looking at their previous results the outcome of this game was expected. At the same time, Sweden made an impressive performance against the toughest opponent they ever played.
It is now set up for deciding games both on Saturday and Sunday since Japan is playing Mexico on Sunday in a game of the championship and on Saturday Sweden and Finland will play for bronze.
The weather was cold but for all American football fans the play of Team Japan was another delight to see in the first half. Sweden had a couple of good attempts, but still the score was 45-0 in halftime. That tells a lot about the superiority of the Japanese team. Sweden was struggling in their offence and the speed of Japan made it hard for Sweden
If the first half was a show off from Team Japan the second half was of complete different kind. Sweden started nailing their defense and Japan had a hard time with their passing since Sweden controlled the gap very well. The final score was set to 57-0 and that speaks of a great defense by Team Sweden in the second half.
At the press conference after the game Yaichi Mizuno, head coach of Team Japan, commended Sweden and said that this was their toughest game so far. At the same time his mind is set on the gold medal game on Saturday against Team Mexico.
- We have some things to work on until the Mexico game, he said.
Leo Billgren, head coach of Team Sweden, could not be anything but satisfied after the game. He commended his players playing with a lot of heart and making an amazing performance against the toughest opponents they ever played. This appearance holds a promising future and Billgren is looking forward to the game of bronze on Saturday against Team Finland.
- On the paper we are the better team, but as always in games between neighbor countries it will go down to the wire, says Billgren.