Women's World Cup Quarter-Finals 2019: Bracket Dates, Teams, Times and More

James Dudko@@JamesDudkoFeatured ColumnistJune 25, 2019

RENNES, FRANCE - JUNE 25: Lieke Martens of the Netherlands celebrates with teammates after scoring her team's second goal during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Round Of 16 match between Netherlands and Japan at Roazhon Park on June 25, 2019 in Rennes, France. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
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France facing the United States is the standout tie of the quarter-finals at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. However, there is more to the bracket than the hosts taking on the defending champions at the Parc des Princes in Paris.

The round will begin with a free-scoring England team meeting talented Norway on Thursday. It will end on Saturday with Germany, the squad playing arguably the most attractive football in the competition, taking on Sweden.

In between, Italy will face the Netherlands. Both teams can turn on the style, and the tie also puts some of the most gifted players in the game together, particularly Netherlands star Vivianne Miedema and prolific Italy striker Valentina Giacinti.

Here's the schedule for the last-eight bracket:

Thursday, June 27

  • Norway vs. England: 9 p.m. local time, 8 p.m. BST, 3 p.m. ET

Friday, June 28

  • France vs. United States: 9 p.m. local time, 8 p.m. BST, 3 p.m. ET

Saturday, June 29

  • Italy vs. Netherlands: 3 p.m. local time, 2 p.m. BST, 9 a.m. ET
  • Germany vs. Sweden: 6:30 p.m. local time, 5:30 p.m. BST, 12:30 p.m. ET

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U.S., England, Germany and the Netherlands to Progress

There is simply too much power throughout the U.S. squad for the holders not to book a place in the last four. It won't be easy, though, not against a France side underpinned by brilliant defender Wendie Renard, the artistry of midfielder Amandine Henry and the pace of winger Kadidiatou Diani.

Yet for all their talent, Les Bleues aren't anywhere near as cohesive or consistent as a unit as the USA. Jill Ellis has crafted an uncompromising team capable of bullying opponents.

Kelley O'Hara is an unforgiving defender, while Lindsey Horan is a true linchpin in the middle of the park. The presence of Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe up front ensures defenders are the ones in for a tough time.

Rapinoe was on target twice from the spot during Monday's 2-1 win over Spain in the last 16. Her experience and power can make the difference again in the French capital.

The 33-year-old is already relishing the prospect of facing the hosts on their own soil:

Like the U.S., England are making progress thanks to their pace and power in attacking areas. Nikita Parris and the in-form Ellen White will be too much for the Norway defence.

White has already scored four times at this tournament, including once during Sunday's 3-0 win over Cameroon. Her instincts in the box are an ideal complement for the pace and varied movement of Parris.

Both strikers are supported by an intelligent midfield led by Steph Houghton, who also got on the scoresheet against Cameroon.

This much quality in forward positions is why the Lionesses will continue their winning run.

Germany's quality is most obvious in midfield, where Sara Dabritz has been bossing the tournament. The 24-year-old scored from the penalty spot as Germany began the last 16 by thrashing Nigeria 3-0.

Aside from Dabritz, striker Alexandra Popp can also turn a match in her nation's favour at any moment. Popp and Dabritz will be boosted if Dzsenifer Marozsan, who didn't come off the bench against Nigeria, is deemed fit enough to play.

Germany's best player has missed every game so far due to a toe injury, but coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg is "very optimistic" The midfielder could feature against Norway, per Agence France-Presse (h/t France24.com).

A Germany attack at full strength, supported by a defence yet to concede at this year's tournament, will be too much to overcome for Sweden.

There won't be much to choose between Italy and the Netherlands. The latter reached the quarter-final stage after Lieke Martens struck a last-minute penalty to beat Japan 2-1 in Rennes.

Martens scored both goals for her country, and her partnership with Miedema can take the Dutch far.

Miedema's technique and willingness to take shots early will also pose problems for Italy goalkeeper Laura Giuliani. Miedema and Arsenal team-mate Danielle van de Donk can control the flow of passing and keep the ball away from the dangerous Giacinti and Juventus winger Barbara Bonansea.

The duo caused China problems, with Giacinti netting the first goal in Tuesday's 2-0 win.

Italy are capable of matching the expansive game the Netherlands play, but the latter possess more pure talent in the forward positions. It will be enough to see the Oranje through.

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