Australia’s final warm-up game ahead of Tokyo 2020 has ended in a 1-0 loss to host nation Japan at Sanga Stadium in Kyoto.
A lone Mana Iwabuchi penalty was enough for Nadeshiko to secure the win. Matildas head coach Tony Gustavsson deployed an attacking lineup in the first half.
A strong defensive block from the hosts was difficult to break down, but Australia created a few chances.
Caitlin Foord’s off-balance shot in the 20th minute was easily collected by Ayaka Yamashita in the Japan goal.