Women's World Cup Quarterfinal Preview

The Women's World Cup moves into the quarterfinals with two games on Friday and two on Saturday. Defending champion Japan is the only unbeaten and untied team through four games, though Canada, Germany and the USA are all still without a defeat.

Quarterfinals:
FRIDAY, JUNE 26
France vs. Germany | USA vs. China
SATURDAY, JUNE 27
Japan vs. Australia | Canada vs. England
Round of 16: Results

JUNE 26 (in Montreal)
France vs. Germany. One of the big wins of French coach Philippe Bergeroo's short tenure was the Bleues' 2-0 win over Germany in Offenbach last fall.

Indeed, it was the first of a series of wins over each of the five other Women's World Cup seeds (2-0 vs. Brazil and the USA, 3-1 vs. Japan and 1-0 vs. Canada) over a span of six months. Still, Bergeroo says Germany is the favorite.

"We are playing against the No. 1 team in the FIFA rankings," the former French international goalkeeper said. "Therefore, we are the outsiders. But we have enormous ambition. We are humble, having never won much and playing against a team that has won lots of titles."

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Past Women's World Cup Meetings. 2011: Germany 4-2.

JUNE 26 (in Ottawa)
USA vs. China. Tickets for USA-China are among the hottest at the Women's World Cup. Late Thursday night, the cheapest tickets on Stub Hub, the ticket site, were going for $149.67. The highest ticket prices for the other quarterfinals: $66.60 (Canada vs England), $27.86 (Germany vs France) and $26.64 (Australia vs Japan). FIFA lists the capacity of TD Place Stadium as 26,500.

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Past Women's World Cup Meetings. 1995: Tie 3-3, USA 2-0. 1999: Tie 0-0 (USA 5-4 on penalties).

JUNE 27 (in Edmonton)
Japan vs. Australia. Asia's top two teams meet in a rematch of the AFC Cup final won by the Japanese, 1-0, a year ago in Ho Chi Minh City.

The Matildas did well enough at the tournament that interim coach Alen Stajcic, brought in just before qualifying to replace Hesterine De Reus, was given the job on a permanent basis.

Australia will be the underdog enters the match on a roll, knocking out seed Brazil, 1-0, in the quarterfinals after surviving the Group of D.

"Considering that we have come out of so many dogfights," said defender Steph Catley, who plays in the NWSL for the Portland Thorns, "we have had massive games in every contest, everyone’s body is feeling really good."

Past Women's World Cup Meetings. None.



JUNE 27 (in Vancouver)
Canada vs. England. England players have talked about how the mood has never been better in their camp. Canada and its English coach, John Herdman, have had to explain why reports of disharmony in the host camp are wrong.

"Yeah, it's terrible. It's really terrible," Herdman said sarcastically on Wednesday. "The girls are fighting each other. They hate each other. You see all the black eyes and the bloody noses."

Herdman's remarks followed comments made by Christine Latham, a former member of the Canadian national team, on Fox Sports 1, where she is an analyst. Latham quoted defender Carmelina Moscato as saying morale was low because of disapproval with Herdman's lineup.

Past Women's World Cup Meetings. 1995: England 3-2.

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1 comment about "Women's World Cup Quarterfinal Preview".
  1. Gus Keri, June 26, 2015 at 5:50 a.m.

    I saw in my dream that the USA, Germany and Australia are winning and moving to the semifinals, while France and England are going home. I don't know what to make of it.

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