The World Cup in Australia and New Zealand has already outlined its eight groups that can battle for the title and to inherit the already vacant throne after the elimination of the USA within the spherical of 16, together with a Spain, ‘rookie’ in these competitions together with Columbia.
The Spanish and Colombian groups are the one ones of the quarterfinalists on this World Cup who’re making their debut on this spherical, and in addition, along with France, they’re the one two of these nonetheless alive who should not have a title on their document. at an absolute stage and the one ones, together with Australia, to not have reached a World Cup semifinal.
Spain will play the quarterfinals in a World Cup for the primary time after profitable their match in opposition to Switzerland (1-5). Till then, that they had by no means gained a knockout match and now they are going to aspire to play the second semifinals of a serious event after these of Euro 1997, misplaced to Italy and reached from the group stage.
The Spaniards have been within the spherical of 16 for the second time, a spherical through which they have been eradicated by the USA 4 years in the past, and the identical factor occurred to Colombia, the present South American runner-up, who stunned by going first of their group the place was capable of prevail over Germany (2-1). Already within the spherical of 16 in Canada 2015 after which eradicated by the People (2-0), she overcame this barrier by beating Jamaica (1-0).
And these two rookies must measure themselves in opposition to extra knowledgeable groups and who additionally already know what it’s to carry an awesome trophy. Spain will face the Netherlands, which along with being the present world runner-up, was European champion in 2017. The Dutch, like Jorge Vilda’s crew, are of their third World Cup, all in a row.
For its half, Colombia will face off in opposition to one of many nice theoretical favorites, England led by Sarina Wiegmann and who was topped the brand new European champion final summer time. The English gained on penalties in opposition to Nigeria of their sixth World Cup quarterfinals and now they aspire to play the semifinals for the third consecutive version.
Of the opposite two quarterfinals, the one that can face Japan and Sweden stands out primarily. The ‘Nadeshiko’ are the one ones on this penultimate spherical which have gained their 4 video games, they’re the one world champions left within the operating (2011) and they’re those which have performed essentially the most finals since they have been additionally within the 2015 one.
The Japanese crew, additionally Asian champion (2014 and 2018), will face rocky Sweden, certainly the opposite crew with essentially the most custom of these remaining within the event. Third 4 years in the past, in 2011, the place Japan was his executioner within the semifinals, and in 1991, and runner-up in 2003, he has two Olympic silver (2016 and 2021) and was continental champion in 1984.
Lastly, co-hosts Australia will face France. For the ‘Matildas’, champions of Asia in 2010 and of Oceania in 1994, 1998 and 2003, this spherical is their barrier since they’ve crashed in it on three events (2007, 2011 and 2015), whereas the French, who They haven’t even performed a grand ultimate both, they’re within the quarterfinals for the third consecutive version, though they solely surpassed them in 2011 once they have been fourth.
As well as, of the eight quarterfinalist groups, the Colombian is the one with the worst world rating since it’s situated within the twenty-fifth place, whereas Sweden is one of the best ranked (third). After her, England (4th), France (fifth), Spain (sixth), the Netherlands (ninth), Australia (tenth) and Japan (eleventh).