A new champion will be crowned in this edition of the FIFA women’s World Cup competition ongoing in Australia and New Zealand, following the qualification of England, Spain, Sweden and co-host nation, Australia to the semi finals.
All former winners have been eliminated with Germany recording the worst result, falling out in the group stage, while Norway and USA bowed out in the round of 16. Japan was eliminated in the quarterfinals.
These semi-finalists will be hoping to emerge champion of this tournament for the first time. In their third Women’s World Cup, Spain ranked third in the world are the highest-ranked team left after the elimination of four-times champion, USA.
They beat 2019 finalists, the Netherlands to reach the semi finals for the first time and came all the way to this stage as second from group C, and beat Switzerland in the round of 16 to meet the Netherlands.
The Lionesses of England have booked a semi final date with co-host nation Australia, after coming from behind to pick up a 2-1 win over Colombia this Saturday, August 12.
Despite the absence of Lauren James, one of England’s key players and highest scorer of the team during the group stage, the European champions have succeeded on eliminating every obstacle on their way to the title. They will face Australia without Lauren, due to a red-card suspension. She will only be available if England reaches the final.
Australia on the other hand, ousted France in what was seen as the longest penalty shootouts in the history of this competition, beating the latter 7-6 to pick up a semi final ticket.
They aim at making history by hosting and winning since this is their best result in Women’s World Cup history. They have participated in all but one edition(1991) of the competition
Of the six teams left in the competition, Sweden is the only nation who has reached this stage three times and unarguably the most determined side who eliminated defending champions, USA and one time champion Japan to reach this stage after finishing top of their group.
The 2003 finalists who have been bronze medalists three times, will be hoping to continue in this fierce spirit to emerge winner of the trophy this time around.
The battle for the final spot begins on Tuesday, between Spain and Sweden. While England takes on Australia on Wednesday.
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