After a group stage with plenty of highs and lows — from record-breaking blowouts to thrilling come-from-behind efforts — the knockout phase kicks off on Saturday.
At 8:30 AM PT, Germany faces off against Nigeria — the final team to make it to the knockout round. Then, Reign FC’s Steph Catley, Elise Kellond-Knight and Lydia Williams join Australia at 12 PM PT for a match against Norway.
The winner of Germany/Nigeria will face the winner of Sweden/Canada. Whoever wins the latter match between Australia and Norway will have to take on the victor of England and Cameroon.
What to Watch
- Germany v. Nigeria: Nigeria has a strong attacking core, but their midfield has been out-dueled this tournament. They impressed in their last match against France, however, and were hard done by the aggressively enforced keeper-off-their-line-on-a-penalty rule. Nigerian goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie was just barely off her line as Wendie Renard pushed her penalty wide. She buried the retake, and France won 1-0. If Nigeria can stay organized against Germany, they might have a chance of scoring on a counter. Unfortunately for the African side, Germany will be celebrating the return of midfielder and playmaker Dzsenifer Marozsán, who rested the last two matches with a broken toe.
- Norway v. Australia: Australia has produced some of the most thrilling matches of the tournament so far, although much of the excitement was a result of their own struggles. The team lacks defensive depth, and as a result Reign FC’s Catley has pulled into a centerback role instead of her traditional spot at left back. Norway’s Caroline Graham Hansen is going to be a handful for Australia’s outside backs. The winger has been one of the most impressive players this tournament. If Australia can keep the play compact and get Sam Kerr the ball (she already has 5 goals), they should be able to advance.
How to Watch
Germany v. Nigeria
Location: Stade des Alpes, Grenoble
Date and time: June 22, 2019, 8:30 AM PT
TV: FS1 (English), Telemundo (Spanish)
Streaming: Fox Sports Go (App/Website), Telemundo (App/Website), Fubo TV (affiliate link)
Norway v. Australia
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