England now have a transparent image of their potential path to the 2023 Fifa Girls’s World Cup closing because the knockout phases start.
And their path to glory is trying loads smoother following a variety of shock ends in the group phases.
The Lionesses have been closely tipped to go all the way in which forward of the event, however their inventory diminished in worth after their laboured to 1 objective wins over Haiti and Denmark.
The European champions reminded everybody of their prowess with a 6-1 win over China to high Group D, thanks largely to go coach Sarina Wiegmann’s tactical modifications. She switched to a again three and gave Lauren James a extra central function behind the strikers, with the Chelsea ahead and sister of full-back Reece registering a brace, in addition to a hat-trick of assists.
They are going to be additional buoyed heading in to the last-16 of the competitors figuring out that a few of the highest-ranked nations on their facet of the draw have already been eradicated.
Germany’s elimination by the hands of Korea Republic will go down as one of many largest shocks ever, with Colombia and Morocco heading by as an alternative. The Germans narrowly misplaced the Euro 2022 closing to England with star striker Alexandra Popp injured for the decider. They have been among the many favourites to carry the Girls’s World Cup for a 3rd time.
Brazil have been additionally thought of one of many challengers for the trophy, however have been denied a spot within the knockout rounds by Jamaica, with whom they drew 0-0.
In the meantime, Olympic champions Canada have been additionally despatched packing within the group phases after failing to impress. It was anticipated that they might face England within the round-of-16, however Nigeria certified because the second-best workforce in Group A.
It implies that England keep away from Canada, who’re ranked sixth on the planet by Fifa, within the subsequent spherical, the place they may face Nigeria, who’re ranked thirty ninth.
Within the quarter-finals, England would have been anticipated to face one in all both Brazil or Germany. Now, ought to they beat Nigeria, they may face both Colombia or Jamaica.
Whereas victory over these opponents shouldn’t be taken with no consideration, it’s a way more preferable set of matches than beforehand thought. They received’t need to face one of many top-ranked nations till the final 4.
At that time they may very well be taking up co-hosts Australia or France, though they must come by Denmark and Morocco respectively first.
In the meantime, on the opposite facet of the draw, pre-tournament favourites and reigning champions USA tackle the quantity two workforce on the planet, Sweden. The winners of that conflict could be thought of the favourites to achieve the decider on twentieth August in Sydney.
However given what number of surprises have been sprung on this event thus far, nobody could be shocked to see a number of extra earlier than then.
When is England’s subsequent recreation within the Girls’s World Cup?
England tackle Nigeria on Monday, seventh August in Brisbane. The match kicks off at 8.30am GMT and shall be broadcast stay on BBC One, the BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport web site.
Each fixture within the Girls’s World Cup round-of-16:
- Switzerland vs Spain
- Japan vs Norway
- Netherlands vs South Africa
- Sweden vs USA
- England vs Nigeria
- Australia vs Denmark
- Colombia vs Jamaica
- France vs Morocco
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