FIFA Women's World Cup - Quarter-Finals

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2023 FIFA Women's World Cup

Australia & New Zealand
11-12 August
An encounter between top teams Japan and Sweden headlines the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup quarter-finals.
Quarter-Final Line-Up
The 2011 World Champions Japan will lock horns with 2003 runners-up Sweden at Eden Park in New Zealand on August 11. Kick-off is at 03h00.
While Spain will face the Netherlands in a battle between two European sides at the Wellington Regional Stadium in New Zealand on August 11. Kick-off is at 09h30 CAT.
The action will continue on August 12 as co-hosts Australia play host to 2011 semi-finalists France at Lang Park in Brisbane. Kick-off is at 09h00 CAT.
Reigning European champions England would then go head to head with Colombia at the Stadium Australia in Sydney on the same day. Kick-off is at 12h30 CAT.
Round Of 16 & Key Players 
Japan booked their place in the quarter-finals after defeating Norway 3-1 in an entertaining Round of 16 encounter on August 5.
Nadeshiko will pin their hopes of defeating Sweden on Hinata Miyazawa who has scored more goals (five) than any player in the ongoing tournament. 
While Sweden reached this stage after defeating reigning champions USA 5-4 on penalties following a 0-0 draw in a Round of 16 clash on August 6.
Fridolina Rolfö is the Blue and Yellow's most influential player having netted two goals and also scored in the penalty shootout against the USA. 
The two teams have met 10 times across all competitions and Japan have the edge in this rivalry.
Nadeshiko have won five matches compared to Blue and Yellow's four victories, while one game ended in a draw.
However, the last meeting between the two sides ended in a 3-1 win in favour of Sweden at the 2020 Olympic Games.
What was said?
"We met Japan in the (Tokyo) Olympics, and they are very skilful in their technique," Sweden coach Peter Gerhardsson said.
"They don't play as directly as the US so it's going to be a different kind of game. It'll be more about possession. 
"They play a bit more like Italy, skilful and taking moves forward with many passes," he continued.
So for us, it's going to be about good defending, maybe a bit lower, and then the transition is going to be important."

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Published: 08/11/2023