New Zealand have lost 2-0 to Japan in the second of their games at the 25th International Youth Soccer tournament in Niigata.
The match was New Zealand’s second at the four-team tournament, designed to help teams teams prepare for November’s FIFA U-17 World Cup in Indonesia.
In the opening game, New Zealand lost 2-1 to regional selection Niigata.
On Monday, New Zealand’s last game is against Venezuela, who they will meet again in group play at the FIFA U-17 Men’s World Cup.
Venezuela beat a Niigata selection 1-0 in the second round of games.
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Games played on Saturday September 16, 2023
Japan 2 (Kantaro Maeda 26′, Umi Kajisa 43′)
New Zealand 0
Game to be played on Monday September 18, 2023
Venezuela v New Zealand
Denka Big Swan Stadium, Japan (9.15pm NZT)
New Zealand squad
Max Argent (Perth Glory, Australia)
Ruben Argent (Perth Glory, Australia)
Victor Barbosa (Auckland United, New Zealand)
Josh Brown (Western Suburbs, New Zealand)
Anaru Cassidy (Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand)
Raphael Conway (Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand)
Luka Coveny (Western United, Australia)
Noah Dupont (West Bromwich Albion, England)
Matt Foord (Cashmere Technical, New Zealand)
Dylan Gardiner (Hamilton Wanderers, New Zealand)
Marley Leuluai (Burnley, England)
Mac Prathumphithak (Christchurch United, New Zealand)
Fletcher Pratt (Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand)
Luke Mitchell (Hamilton Wanderers, New Zealand)
Gabriel Sloane Rodrigues (Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand)
Luke Supyk (Wellington Phoenix, New Zealand)
Nathan Walker (Fencibles United, New Zealand)
Adam Watson (Stoke City, England)
Head coach: Martin Bullock