When: Sunday, August 20
The place: Stadium Australia, Sydney, Australia
Kickoff: 8pm (10:00 GMT)
The scene is about: La Roja and the Lionesses, two European heavyweights, will play the Girls’s World Cup remaining in Sydney on Sunday.
It marks the tip of a outstanding match that’s encapsulated all the attractive sport has to supply; from the group phases that oscillated between high-scoring mismatches and tight, cautious defensive shows to the high-quality knockout phases peppered with upsets, penalty drama, and the shows of pleasure and heartache that accompany such high-pressure stakes.
La Roja have notched up an eye-watering 17 objectives within the match.
After a dominant first two matches and already certified for the knockout phases, they even afforded themselves a drop in focus and had been crushed 4-0 by Japan.
Within the knockout phases, they’d a tougher time, scraping previous the Netherlands 2-1 within the quarterfinals with a 111th-minute winner. Within the semifinal, Sweden and Spain served up a thriller, with Olga Carmona scoring the winner within the 89th minute with a pleasant long-range shot that bounced off the crossbar and over the road.
The Lionesses haven’t misplaced a sport within the match and notched up some spectacular outcomes, not least their 3-1 win over co-hosts Australia within the semifinal.
Nonetheless, they’ve typically proven some vulnerability, notably in opposition to Nigeria, who may have crushed England within the quarterfinal had it not been for some wayward ending.
If the final time the 2 met is something to go by, then we’re in for a deal with. In final yr’s European Championships quarterfinals, England got here from behind to win after Esther Gonzalez’s first-half strike had given Spain the lead.
Georgia Stanway’s long-range strike within the remaining minutes to win it for the eventual champions will little doubt be replayed loads of instances within the England dressing room forward of Sunday’s remaining.
Not lengthy now 💪👊 pic.twitter.com/6cMZfn0cbJ
— Lionesses (@Lionesses) August 18, 2023
Spain’s group information
Full-back Olga Carmona is predicted to retain a spot within the beginning XI, having impressed within the absence of Oihane Hernandez, who is out there for the ultimate after serving a suspension.
Olga Carmona determined this #FIFAWWC Semi-Remaining with an absolute screamer. Will get it from the nook, units it up shortly and hits it completely 🚀
— FIFA Girls’s World Cup (@FIFAWWC) August 15, 2023
England’s group information
England’s coach Wiegman must resolve whether or not to start out Ella Toone, who scored within the semifinal or breakout star Lauren James, who is out there once more after a two-match suspension.
Gamers to look at
Aitana Bonmati, Barcelona’s versatile midfielder, has emerged as Spain’s chief playmaker, scoring three objectives within the match.
To place her performances into perspective, Pep Guardiola, the supervisor of the lads’s Manchester Metropolis, mentioned: “I’d say she [Bonmati] is like the ladies’s [Andrés] Iniesta enjoying for Barcelona”. Excessive reward certainly from one in all soccer’s most profitable managers.
Keira Walsh, one other Barcelona midfielder, has blessed her nationwide group with grace, composure and intelligence, and has been a significant cog in Wiegman’s machine.
She could not have made it onto the scoresheet to this point, however she is England’s unsung hero, having dictated play in midfield for the Lionesses.
— Lionesses (@Lionesses) August 12, 2023
The 2 groups have performed 11 instances, with England notching up six wins, Spain two and three attracts.
World Cup file and FIFA rankings
Spain had been sixth in FIFA’s world rankings forward of the World Cup, whereas England had been fourth.
Spain: W L W W W
England: W W W W W
The place can I watch the sport?
World listings can be found from livesoccertv.com.
If you’re in England, you possibly can watch the sport totally free on each BBC and ITV or stream it on BBC iPlayer and ITVX. If you’re in Spain, you possibly can watch it reside on RTVE.
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