Market Insight: Women's World Cup Wrap-Up: Quarter-Finals
The Team of the Quarter-Finals features five players that left the tournament in this round – two from France, two from Germany and the Italian goalkeeper despite losing 2-0 to the Netherlands. The Dutch dominate the team this round, as they find their form at the right time, with four out of the eleven players this round. The Netherlands will play against Sweden who overturned Germany 2-1 in their quarter-final, however there were no individual performances that made it in to the team of the round. England and USA ‘s victories saw one player from each side make the Team of the Quarter-Finals.
Semi-Final 1: England v USA
England’s Lionesses face the ever-dominant US Women’s National Team (USWNT) in the first of two semi-finals this Tuesday (July 2nd). Unsurprisingly the US Women’s team, who have already scored twenty-two goals in their opening five games – including the record breaking 13-0 victory over Thailand – have a higher average shots-per-game than England, who have scored eleven, half as many as the Americans. Both teams have a solid defensive record, with the US conceding two goals, and England conceding just one. Both defensive outfits will be tested in what will prove to be an exhilarating semi-final.
VAR stole the show as England sealed a 3-0 victory over an agitated Cameroon side. England clashed with Norway in the quarter-finals, where Jill Scott, Ellen White, and Lucy Bronze fired home to see the Lionesses to another 3-0 victory. Bronze’s goal along with the team’s clean sheet earned her a place in the Team of the Round for the quarters.
The USWNT faced tough competition in Spain in the Round of 16, and hosts France – who were also pre-tournament favourites – in the quarter-finals. Talismanic Megan Rapinoe scored all four goals for the Americans as they won both matches by two goals to one.
The England v USA match will see three of the tournament’s joint top goal-scorers go head-to-head in the hunt for the Golden Boot. England’s Ellen White, along with Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan from the USWNT have all scored five goals in their first five games of the competition. Sam Kerr is also on five goals; however, Australia have exited the competition already, making it highly unlikely that she will still be level at the conclusion of this FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Semi-Final 2: Netherlands v Sweden
The Netherlands and Sweden have both scored an average of two goals per game, though Sweden have had an average of over seventeen shots per game to the Netherlands’ 13. Sweden are the only team in the semi-finals that have lost a game in the competition. The loss came to the USWNT, meaning there is a possibility that the teams could meet again in the final.
Holland were tested by Japan in the Round of 16, narrowly winning 2-1 with a 90th minute penalty, coolly fired home by Lieke Martens. The Netherlands bounced back and had four players in the team of the round after their impressive 2-0 victory over an in-form Italy side.
Sweden toppled Canada in their Round of 16 match, absorbing a great deal of pressure as the North Americans had 59% possession. The Swedish scored early in the second half and held the lead until the end of the game, despite Canada being awarded a penalty. Sweden’s quarter final provided the biggest upset of the knockout stage as they beat Germany 2-1. Germany hadn’t conceded a goal in the tournament until this stage and were considered one of the favourites to lift the trophy.
For these four teams, it is all to play for in the semi-finals, which will surely prove to be as exciting as the rest of the tournament has already been and will set up what could be one of the most interesting FIFA World Cup finals in recent history.
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