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2015 Women’s World Cup open thread

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Now that the Group stages are done, we move on to the Knockout rounds of the 2015 Women’s World Cup and the first match-up is between tournament favorites Germany facing off against Sweden followed by China PR taking on Cameroon.

Today’s match-ups are shown back to back on FOX Sports 1.

If you haven’t done so already, be sure to check out our combined Women’s World Cup and Copa America TV schedules.

Germany v. Sweden
4:00 PM – FOX Sports 1
Lansdowne Stadium – Ottawa

Narrowly escaping the tournament’s “Group of Death,” Sweden emerged from Group D in third place despite being favorites to win the Group before heading to Canada. Now Pia Sundhage’s team must face a powerful German side who recently hit their stride. Celia Sasic finished up Group play with four goals and showed no signs of slowing down.

In order to steal a win from Germany, Sweden is going to have to be powerful on the counter-attack and hit more shots on target. The Swedish midfield needs to keep possession and not allow the Germans to get into dangerous areas with the ball.

China PR v. Cameroon
7:30 PM – FOX Sports 1
Commonwealth Stadium – Edmonton

There’s a big difference in how these two teams like to play with China preferring to hold possession, while Cameroon prefers to do the opposite, using a wide open offensive style. Both teams will want to keep the majority of the ball in this game and although there may not be a ton of goals, the way these two teams face off should be very interesting.

Cameroon is fast and athletic and should exploit that in order to gain the edge over 90 minutes. China is going to have to play strong in the midfield to keep Cameroon from running over them.

Before, during or after today’s matches, join the conversation in the comments section below with fellow soccer fans from around the world.

 

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2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. chris

    June 21, 2015 at 2:22 am

    To: Writer Caitlin O’Connell
    An UNFORTUNATE interchanging of countries —
    You meant “China will have to pay strong in the mid-field. …”,
    not Japan. Mistakes happen — but sadly smacks a bit of u know what. …

    • Christopher Harris

      June 21, 2015 at 8:56 am

      Simple mistake, nothing more. Now fixed. Thanks.

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