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How much meaning can Matildas draw from friendly win?
We know the Matildas aren’t playing today, but it doesn’t mean we can’t talk about them.
The next quarter-finals games will be played tomorrow in Australia, and it’s going to be epic.
First up is Australia v France in Brisbane at 5pm AEST, followed by England v Colombia at 8:30pm.
It’s an interesting match up for the Matildas, who beat Les Bleues 1-0 in a warm-up match the week before the World Cup.
France coach Herve Renard has moved on from last month’s friendly loss to Australia.Credit: Getty
How much that result tells us about Saturday night’s quarter-final between the two teams, and how much stock can be drawn from it, entirely depends on who you ask.
French coach Herve Renard has essentially dismissed it out of hand. In fact, if it was up to him, it never would have happened in the first place.
“I will be very honest with you,” he said after France’s 4-0 win over Morocco on Monday night in the round of 16.
“I didn’t decide to play this game. If it was me, we would not be playing against Australia before the competition. We just arrived four days [before], the players didn’t sleep very well to play this game. We were not at 100 per cent.”
Added midfielder Kenza Dali: “When we played this game, we were still in preparation … it’s going to be a completely different game.”
Read the full story here from football writer Vince Rugari.
The road to the final
Team lists: Spain v Netherlands
One change for both teams from the starting XI they put up for their round of 16 matches.
For the Netherlands, Damaris Egurrola moves to the starting side and Danielle Van De Donk starts on the bench.
For Spain, it’s a change up front in the forwards. Salma Paralluelo will move to the bench to make way for Mariona Caldentey.
Good morning football fans and welcome to the first of our Women’s World Cup quarter-finals.
Billie Eder and Marnie Vinall here to take you through today’s matches, and we really are in for a treat.
First up will be Spain v Netherlands at 11am AEST in Wellington, followed by Japan v Sweden in Auckland at 5:30pm AEST.
So, whether you’re working in the office or lounging on the coach, sit back, pretend you’re doing work, and enjoy the next eight hours or so of football!
Alexia Putellas, Hinata Miyawaza, Fridolino Rolfo, Jill Roord.Credit: Getty
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