The first match of the day is the defensive China against the breakout stars Italy. That match kicks off at 9 AM PT. Round two could be a thrilling affair as attacking powerhouse Netherlands takes on a Japan side still looking to make its mark this tournament.
Utsugi, making her fourth World Cup for Japan, is the only Reign player not to see any time yet in this tournament.
What to Watch
- Italy v. China: China came out really physical and aggressive against Germany, and it nearly paid off for them. They once against stayed organized against Spain — holding them scoreless. Can they do the same against Italy? It’s possible this game could enter extra time scoreless. On the other hand, China does have to score to win. And if Italy focuses on building play through smart possession — rather than relying on the counter — they might be able to slowly break down China’s defense.
- Netherlands v. Japan: One player who has been a little quieter than expected is Dutch attacker Lieke Martens. She’s been fairly contained on the left wing. If Martens can find more space and time to take on her defender, Japan could be in trouble. However, the Nadeshiko were arguably the better team for much of their match against England — despite the 2-0 scoreline — and the second youngest team in the tournament might just be finding their stride.
How to Watch
Italy v. China
Location: Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier
Date and time: June 25, 2019, 9 AM PT
TV: FS1 (English), Universo (Spanish)
Streaming: Fox Sports Go (App/Website), Telemundo (App/Website), Fubo TV (affiliate link)
Netherlands v. Japan
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