The Women’s World Cup semifinals are set as England, the United States, the Netherlands, and Sweden all booked their places in the final four.
Only one real shock occurred in the quarterfinals with Sweden topping Germany 2-1 in Rennes to stamp their ticket to the semifinal.
The Women’s World Cup semifinals will be played on Tuesday and Wednesday with the victors of the games meeting in Lyon on Sunday, July 7.
Women’s World Cup semifinals: England vs. the United States
England defeated Norway 3-0 in their quarterfinal clash to reach the last four against the Americans. England have had the easiest route to the semifinals having defeated Cameroon by the same 3-0 scoreline in the round of 16.
Cracks showed in England’s defence against Norway, however. Had the Norwegians had a capable No. 9 to finish chances, England may have been dumped from the tournament.
The US got the best of host France, 2-1. Forward Megan Rapinoe, the USA’s most important player on and off the pitch, scored twice to give the Yanks the victory. Although the scoreline indicates the game was close, it was far from it.
France looked like a shell of the team they were in previous matches and were forced to play to the Americans’ tempo. France’s Wendi Renard scored from a set piece in the 81st minute but that was all they could muster. The US were already 2-0 up by that point.
England and the US played in March with the two sides drawing 2-2 in the SheBelievesCup. The US had to come from behind to claim the draw but England went on to win the trophy in the four-team round-robin tournament.
Phil Neville’s side will hope to go one better against the world’s No. 1 ranked team.
Women’s World Cup semifinals: Netherlands vs. Sweden
The Netherlands have been on a roll this summer as Sarina Wiegman’s team aims to lift the Women’s World Cup trophy two summers after winning the European Championship.
The Netherlands again got past Italy, 2-0, in the quarterfinals. The Dutch have been masters of late goals and their strikes against Italy both came in the final 20 minutes. Six of the Netherlands’ 10 goals have come in the final 20 minutes of matches at the Women’s World Cup.
Sweden shocked Germany, 2-1, to reach the final four. The Swedes gave up a 16th-minute goal to Lina Magull but struck back six minutes later. Stina Blackstenius scored just after halftime and Sweden never looked back. It was the first time Germany had conceded a goal all tournament long.
The all-European Women’s World Cup semifinal match will take place on Wednesday, July 3 in Lyon. It will be played one day after England play the US in Lyon.