Young Matildas hammered by rampant Japan

Japan celebrate a goal against the Young Matildas Source: Twitter

The Young Matildas have been humbled 7-0 by an impressive Japan side in the semi-finals of the AFC Under-19 Championships in Thailand.

Leah Blayney's team went into the match knowing victory would earn them an automatic spot in the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Nigeria next year.

However, they were stopped in their tracks by a fired-up Blue Samurai outfit who raced to a 2-0 lead after 23 minutes and then added three quickfire goals six minutes after half-time.

The match was played in stifling humidity and the Matildas simply had no answer to the mobility and superior fitness of Japan who cut through their defence at will, scoring two more goals in the final 10 minutes to seal an emphatic victory.

Blayney must now lift her players for the third-place play-off against Korea Republic on Saturday.

Victory in that match would secure one of the three spots on offer for a place in Nigeria next July.

Source AAP