Australia meet France in the quarter-finals of the Women’s World Cup as the tournament’s co-hosts continue their quest for home victory.
The Matildas were on the verge of early elimination in the group stage, but overcame the challenges impressively and reached the quarter-finals. Caitlin Foord and Mary Fowler starred in their 2-0 win over Denmark in the last 16.
The Matildas have now been given a boost by the return of star striker and captain Sam Kerr, who is struggling to get back into the starting XI given Australia have adjusted well to the absence.
France, on the other hand, reached the quarter-finals with a 4-0 win over Morocco. Les Bleues understand the pressure Australia are now under after being knocked out by USA in the quarter-finals of their home World Cup four years ago.
These sides recently met, with Australia beating France 1-0 in a warm-up match just before the start of the World Cup. Here you will find everything you need to know.
When is Australia vs France?
The game will take place on Saturday 12th August in Brisbane, Australia. Kick-off is at 8am UK time (BST).
how can i watch it
It is broadcast live on ITV 1 and ITV X, with coverage starting at 7:30am.
What’s new from the team?
After missing all three group games with a calf injury, Sam Kerr returned for Australia against Denmark, where she played the final 15 minutes of the 2-0 win. Head coach Tony Gustavsson’s decision now is whether to change a winning line-up and bring Kerr back into the starting XI.
Australia’s counter-attacking 4-4-2 system worked well, with Mary Fowler and Emily van Egmond working well up front and Caitlin Foord and Hayley Raso creating scoring threats on the wings. But Kerr remains one of the best strikers in the world and will fight hard for a place against France.
Herve Renard is unlikely to change a winning team after France’s comfortable 4-0 win over Morocco, although Vicki Becho impressed on the bench. Kadidiatou Diani has four goals and three assists so far and has formed a dangerous partnership with France’s record goalscorer Eugenie Le Sommer.
How did both teams reach the quarterfinals?
Australia (Winner Group B)
- 1-0 against Ireland
- 2-3 against Nigeria
- 4-0 against Canada
- 2-0 against Denmark
France (Winner Group F)
- 0-0 against Jamaica
- 2-1 against Brazil
- 6-3 against Panama
- 4-0 against Morocco
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