Women's World Cup 2019 - Meet Your Quarterfinalists – Part One
The Round of 16 has already left us saying goodbye to teams that gave great moments throughout the tournament including Nigeria and Brazil. We saw the end of the run for some teams that we expected to go much further, such as Japan and Australia. Nonetheless, meet your final eight teams vying for a spot in the Semifinals.
Norway: Many were wondering if this team could do much without Ada Hegerberg, but they have proven that they still can go far in this tournament. Norway scored first in a match against Australia that had it all, including an Olimpico goal by Australian Elise Kellond-Knight to tie up the score to 1-1 and a red card to Australian Alana Kennedy late in regular time. After extra time, they headed to penalties with Norway scoring all of their shots and a shocker to all, Sam Kerr hitting her penalty completely off target. Emily Gielnik then missed her penalty and sent Australian packing home. Norway is now set to face England Thursday at noon PT.
England: The Lionesses advanced to the quarterfinals after a 3-0 win against Cameroon. The game has caused a lot of controversy based on the behavior of frustrated Cameroon players during the match, including a late and dangerous foul on England captain Steph Houghton that has left her as “highly doubtful” for the upcoming match against Norway. The match was followed by heavy criticism towards Cameroon by England coach Phil Neville, while giving praise to his team for their composed behavior. Regardless of the side you stand on, whether it's empathizing with Cameroon on their behavior or wanting to uphold them to higher standards, the game sent Cameroon packing. England now prepares to take on Norway without their captain.
France: We might have seen the last of Marta and Formiga at a World Cup after Brazil’s loss to France. The match was intense and had everyone at the edge of their seats. First France scored but it was called back by VAR, eleven minutes later Brazil scored putting them up on the scoreboard, and then France struck again. The teams went back and forth, and it appeared the only way to settle the game would be to head into penalties. Leave it to their captain and former Portland Thorns player Amandine Henry to save the day and score a clinical goal based off a set piece, helping her team advance to a highly anticipated matchup against reigning champs USA. Brazil went home, leaving Marta and Formiga without a World Cup to their name. In a highly emotional and inspiring video, Brazils Marta pleaded to the young girls of her country to put forth the work because women’s football needs the next generation. Watch here: https://youtu.be/r4LlSB7cCtU
USA: Two penalties and many lessons learned have sent the reigning champs through to the quarterfinals on a match that everyone predicted would happen against France. Spain did not make it easy for the Americans. After the first penalty in favor of USA was converted, Jennifer Hermoso capitalized on a defensive mistake just minutes later. After a back and forth and a lot of physical challenges, a controversial penalty was called on Spain for a foul in the box against Rose Lavelle, in which USA Megan Rapinoe earned her brace. Much like Spain’s first game of the season, the USA will need to not rely on penalties to make it through a matchup against hosts France.
Join us for all of the Quarterfinal action!
Thursday 27th June - OPEN AT 11 AM
12 PM Norway vs England Pub screens and Clubhouse
Friday 28th June - OPEN AT 11 AM
12 PM France vs USA - Pub screens and Clubhouse
Saturday 29th June - OPEN AT 6 AM
6 AM Italy vs Netherlands – Pub screens and Clubhouse
9.30 AM Germany vs Sweden - Pub screens and Clubhouse