The 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup quarterfinals will be held on the 11th and 12th. While the United States, the two-time champion in a row, was eliminated, the teams advancing to the quarterfinals are burning their will to win.
The quarterfinal matchups were Spain-Netherlands, Japan-Sweden, Australia-France, and England-Colombia.
It is noteworthy that the United States did not advance to the quarterfinals. The United States is currently ranked No. 1 in the FIFA women’s soccer world rankings, and is the strongest team that won consecutively in 2015 and 2019, the previous tournament. In the eight Women’s World Cups held before the Australian and New Zealand tournaments, the United States won four, half of them.
The United States, which was trying to win the Women’s World Cup three times in a row, was caught by Sweden (third in the FIFA rankings) in the round of 16. After drawing scoreless in the first half and overtime, the U.S. packed up by losing in the penalty shootout.
As the United States, which was regarded as the absolute powerhouse, disappeared from the table, the teams that reached the quarterfinals got a golden opportunity to aim for the championship.
In the match between Spain (6th place) and the Netherlands (9th place), which will play the first match of the quarterfinals held at 10:00 am on the 11th, Spain is ahead in the rankings, but on the other hand, the Netherlands is predicted to have an advantage.
The Netherlands, who reached the finals of the 2019 tournament but lost to the United States and finished runner-up, will challenge for the championship this time. The Netherlands proved different from four years ago, drawing 1-1 with the United States in the group stage. The high-altitude attack centered on midfielder Ill Lort, who scored 4 goals, is powerful.먹튀검증
Spain showed an inconsistent performance in the group stage. Spain beat Costa Rica 3-0 and Zambia 5-0 but lost to Japan 0-4. Spain must overcome its lack of experience with spirit in this match against the Netherlands.
Spain is a soccer powerhouse that has won the World Cup once in the case of men’s soccer, but this is the first time that women’s soccer has advanced to the quarterfinals. Spain should expect from Bonmati, Hermoso and Redondo, who scored three goals abreast.
Japan (ranked 11th) and Sweden, who will compete at 4:30 pm on the same day, are predicted to have an advantage over Japan. Japan won the championship in 2011 and is a powerhouse in women’s soccer, finishing runner-up after the United States in 2015.
Japan did not concede a single goal in the group stage of this tournament and advanced to the round of 16 with all three victories. Hinata Miyazawa, who is leading the scorer with 5 goals, is fierce.
Sweden is also a powerhouse in the Women’s World Cup, having won runner-up once and placed third three times. In the previous tournament in 2019, he reached the quarterfinals. Sweden leads Japan with 2 wins and 1 loss. However, Sweden failed to advance to the final after losing to Japan in the semifinals of the 2011 tournament.
Sweden is a team that pushes opponents with overwhelming height and strength. The defensive power of goalkeeper Zekira Musovic, who showed a spirited save in the round of 16 match against the United States, is impressive. In the round of 16 against the United States, it was bad news for Sweden that it went through overtime and then a penalty shootout, and that it took less days off than Japan.