The World Cup semi-finals are played on Tuesday and Wednesday Down Under. Here are the most important facts about duels.
In the ninth Women’s World Championship, four teams are still in contention for the title. Here we bring you the most important facts about the semi-finals and we want to know who will make it to the final. You can also find the rest of the finals program in Australia and New Zealand here.
First semi-final: Spain – Sweden
- Tuesday, August 15th at 10:00 am CET (Live on SRF Zwei and in the Sports app from 09:30 am)
- Eden Park in Auckland
Thanks to the round of 16 victory over Switzerland, Spain reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup for the first time ever. Now the Iberians are celebrating their semi-final debut thanks to a 2-1 victory after extra time against the Netherlands. With Sweden, there is a team waiting for Spain who have had a very convincing tournament in Australia and New Zealand so far. After the group stage with three wins, the Scandinavians eliminated the USA and 2011 world champion Japan.
And the Swedes now want to reach their second World Cup final since 2003. 20 years ago they lost 2-1 to Germany in the final in the USA after extra time. In addition, Sweden has been third in the World Cup three times, and in direct comparison with Spain, the Northern European national team is clearly ahead: they won seven out of 11 duels, and there were four draws. The two teams recently parted ways in October 2022 in a 1-1 test match.
Second semi-final: Australia – England
- Wednesday, August 16, at 12:00 p.m CET (Live on SRF Zwei and in the Sports app at 11:45 am)
- Australia Stadium in Sydney
After the dramatic victory in the quarter-finals against France, the next heavyweight awaits Australia in the semi-finals with England. However, after a perfect group stage, the European champions struggled in the round of 16 against Nigeria (winning on penalties), and in the quarter-finals against Colombia, they managed to turn things around after falling behind and continuing to fight.
The Australians, whose self-confidence will be formidable after victory over France, have impressed time and time again in head-to-head comparisons with England. They have trailed head-to-head since 2003 with two wins, a draw and three losses. However, in the last meeting, “Matildas” wins. At Brentford, they won 2-0 in a friendly match thanks to goals from Sam Kerr and Charlotte Grant.
The final stage of the tournament – all matches live on SRF
- Mini Final on Saturday August 19th at 10:00 amStadium in Brisbane
- The final is on Sunday, August 20, at 12:00 p.mStadium Australia, Sydney
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