As the Fifa Women’s World Cup progresses, the quarter-finals promise to be a thrilling spectacle. The initial knockout stages have been nothing short of exhilarating, with nail-biting penalty shootouts and spectacular goals. The European champions, England, narrowly defeated Nigeria in a penalty shootout and are now gearing up to face Colombia on 12 August.
The Road to Glory
Meanwhile, co-hosts Australia, former champions Japan, and strong contenders France and Spain are all competing for a place in the semi-finals.
Australia’s Historic Quest
Australia, co-hosting the World Cup, is on a mission to surpass their previous records by advancing beyond the quarter-finals.
Colombia: The Dark Horse
Colombia has emerged as the surprise packageTheir recent 4-0 victory over Canada and 2-0 victory over Denmark highlighted their developing strength.The club benefits greatly from the return of its best player, Sam Kerr. As former England and Arsenal defender Alex Scott put it, “Australia have the momentum… Sam Kerr got minutes ahead of the next game.” of the tournament. Their impressive victories over Germany and South Korea, coupled with their advancement past Jamaica, have solidified their position as a team to watch out for. Their blend of youthful energy and seasoned experience makes them a formidable opponent.
Following their European Championship victory last year, England is determined to win the Women’s World Cup. Despite a shaky start, their penalty shootout victory over Nigeria has set the scenario for their forthcoming encounter with Colombia. They will, however, be without their leading scorer, Lauren James, owing to suspension.
France’s Pursuit of Excellence
France, having previously reached the quarter-finals in the past two Women’s World Cups, is looking formidable under the guidance of Herve Renard. Their unbeaten streak and recent 4-0 victory over Morocco indicate that they are a force to be reckoned with.
Japan’s Unbeatable Aura
Japan, the 2011 Women’s World Cup champions, has been in superb shape, with a perfect record in this particular competition. They are a team to be careful of, with Hinata Miyazawa leading the scoring statistics.
Netherlands and Spain: The European Powerhouses
The Netherlands, aiming to secure their first Women’s World Cup trophy, have been impressive, especially in defense. Spain, on the other hand, rebounded from a setback against Japan with a 5-1 victory over Switzerland. Their forthcoming match promises to be one of the quarter-finals’ attractions.
Sweden’s Statement Win
Sweden’s victory over the defending champions, the United States, has made headlines. With her amazing saves, their keeper, Zecira Musovic, could be the key to their triumph versus Japan.
England’s match against Colombia on August 12 will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Sounds for fans who can’t get enough of the sport. BBC Sport’s website and app will have highlights available. The semi-finals and final will also be broadcast by the BBC. Fans may also watch the remaining quarter-final matches on ITV.
With such an exciting lineup, the Fifa Women’s World Cup quarter-finals are set to be a footballing feast.