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Women's World Cup Round of 16: Schedule, lineups and how to watch on TV and online

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Germany takes on Sweden. China faces Cameroon. Watch all the World Cup action with us.

After some exciting group stage play, 16 teams are now fighting to get one step closer to the World Cup final. And that action kicks off today.

At 1 p.m. PT, top-ranked Germany face a Sweden side that has not lived up to expectations so far. But when Sweden's attack is on, they are an extremely dangerous team. The winner will travel to Montreal to face the winner of France versus South Korea on Friday.

At 4:30 p.m. PT, China takes on Cameroon in Edmonton. Cameroon, which FIFA ranked second lowest coming into the World Cup, finished in second in their group. They are the first African team since Nigeria in 1999 to escape the group stage. Now, they are hoping to become Africa's first team to win an elimination-round match. The winner will face either Colombia or the United States in the next round.

What to Watch

Germany v. Sweden
Germany is heavily favored in this match, but Sweden could surprise everyone. Sweden only had 4 goals in the group stage (and that includes an own goal), and they will rely on their disciplined, physical defense to beat Germany, led by centerback Nilla Fischer. Sweden's defense will need to keep Anja Mittag and Celia Sasic locked up. Both had four goals in the group stage.

While Germany is an extremely talented team, the gaps they leave in the back when they push forward make them vulnerable to counter attacks. If their defense can stay organized, Sweden must lead possession through their midfield to give them a chance. They will need forward Lotta Schelin to show up as well. She is an extremely skilled forward who needs to be more aggressive and put herself in more dangerous areas.

China v. Cameroon
China, while starting off a little flat, has been improving each game and finished second in Group A. Cameroon, on the other hand, easily defeated Ecuador and came from behind to take down Switzerland. Their attack is fast, sometimes scattered, and dangerous. In fact, Cameroon out-shot all group stage opponents, including a 20-4 edge over Japan. China, on the other hand, only out-shot the Netherlands, a match they won 1-0.

The size and energy of Cameroon forward Gaelle Enganamouit should give China some trouble. Enganamouit is strong, quick, and seems to come alive in the second half. For China, Li Ying has been one of the most skilled, dynamic players. She is only 22, and has just 13 international caps, but Ying been poised and aggressive during the group stage. Plus, she sports an awesome neon green headband.

How will China handle Cameroon's man-to-man style? Can Cameroon break through China's organized defense? This has all the elements of a thrilling match.

How to Watch

Match #1: Germany (#1 FIFA ranking) v. Sweden (#5)

Time: Saturday, June 20, 1:00 p.m. PT
Location: Ottawa
TV: Fox Sports 1, Telemundo (Spanish)
Online: FOX Sports Go (TV subscription required), FOX Soccer 2 Go (no TV subscription; paid service), and NBC Deportes En Vivo

Match #2: China (#16) v. Cameroon (#53)

Time: Saturday, June 20, 4:30 p.m. PT
Location: Edmonton
TV: Fox Sports 1, NBC Universo (Spanish)
Online: FOX Sports Go (TV subscription required), FOX Soccer 2 Go (no TV subscription; paid service), and NBC Deportes En Vivo

This is your Round of 16 Women's World Cup gamethread. Watch with us.