Women’s World Cup 2023 TV schedule, start times and scores

Spain's Aitana Bonmatí (centre) celebrates her goal against Switzerland in the Women's World Cup August 5.

Spain’s Aitana Bonmatí (centre) celebrates her goal against Switzerland in the Women’s World Cup August 5.

(Abbie Parr/Associated Press)

The Buzz: Sweden are the giants of this tournament, having sent USA and Japan through the knockout stages to the semifinals for the third time in the last four World Cups. And third-placed Sweden — the highest-ranked team remaining — made it through with crushing defense and an opportunistic offense.

Of the four remaining sides, only England have conceded fewer goals than Sweden, who have conceded two, and eight of their 11 goals have come from set pieces, most of them in the tournament. Defender Amanda Ilestedt is second in the Golden Boot race with four goals, all from set pieces. Sweden is the only semi-finalist to have ever played in a World Cup final, losing to Germany in 2003.

Spain, meanwhile, have overcome internal turmoil and a 4-0 group stage defeat by Japan to reach the semi-finals for the first time. Last autumn, 15 internationals threatened to leave the team unless coach Jorge Vilda was fired. Vilda stayed and most of the players returned, but it wasn’t a happy group.

La Roja left his New Zealand base camp in Palmerston North early as players claimed they were bored and Spain are the only teams of the last four not to win their group.

Spain have scored the most in the last four with 15 goals, but so have six. Three players – Aitana Bonmatí, Jennifer Hermoso and Alba Redondo – share the team’s lead with three goals each, while Bonmatí and Hermoso each have two assists.

Emma Bowman

Emma Bowman is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Emma Bowman joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing emma@ustimespost.com.

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