In less than 24 hours time, we will know who is the first 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup finalist but here is what happened in the Quarter-Finals.
England thrashed Norway 3-0 in a super display, which began after just two minutes and six seconds when a Nikita Parris goal line pullback to Ellen White was flicked behind for Jill Scott to side-foot in off the left post.
The Norwegians then produced a valiant defensive fightback until Lucy Bronze unleashed Nikita Parris to break into the box from the right and set up Ellen White, who tapped in England’s second after 40 minutes.Embed from Getty Images
Bronze soon grabbed England’s third after blasting in a pass from Beth Mead just 12 minutes into the second half, who opted to make the pass rather than whip a free-kick from the right into the box.
Nikita Parris had a late penalty saved by Ingrid Hjelmseth after Steph Houghton was fouled by Maria Thorisdottir, but the Lionesses held on to secure a comfortable win and book their third consecutive semi final at a major tournament.Embed from Getty Images
Their opponents will be current holders, USA who dumped out the hosts – France through a Megan Rapinoe brace despite Wendie Renard’s late header offering the French late hope of forcing at least extra time.
Netherlands meanwhile dispatched Italy through late Vivianne Miedema and Stefanie Van der Gragt headers from a pair of free-kicks by Sherida Spitse to book their first ever World Cup semi-final place.
Sweden however will be the Oranje’s opposition after coming from behind to dump two time champions, Germany out of the tournament.Embed from Getty Images
Lina Magull had initially put the Germans ahead with an aerobatic finish into the bottom left corner after 16 minutes, only for Sweden to equalise six minutes later when Sofia Jakobsson got onto the end of a long ball and slotted it in under Almuth Schult.
Stina Blackstenius then secured a shock victory for the Swedes with an early second-half poke in from Schmult’s poor clearance of Fridolina Rolfo’s header to snatch a shock victory, which puts them on the brink of a first Women’s World Cup final since 2003 where they lost to Germany on that occasion.
Sweden will also participate in next summer’s Olympics alongside Netherlands and Great Britain after USA’s victory prevented an all European final four.
|2 July||England vs USA||8:00pm|
|3 July||Netherlands vs Sweden||8:00pm|