FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2016 – Quarter-finals
We have reached the knockout stage of the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, with just eight teams still in with a shout of becoming the World Champions!
The eight teams who advanced to the quarter-finals are the holders Germany, USA, Japan, Korea DPR, Spain, France, Brazil and Mexico. Two of the quarter-final fixtures will take place on Thursday 24 November with the remaining two being contested on Friday 25 November.
Korea DPR v Spain (24 November, 16.00 local) – Korea DPR have won all of their matches at the tournament so far, beating Sweden, Brazil and Papua New Guinea to finish top of Group A. They will face the Group B runners-up Spain who so far have won two of their games (Canada, Japan) and suffered one defeat against Nigeria.
Japan v Brazil (24 November, 19.30 local) – As at all age levels, Japan U-20 women’s national team are an incredible team to watch with their distinctive style of play. Brazil and Japan have never met at this age level before but at senior level and at U-17 level, it was Japan who were triumphant over the South Americans. Japan advanced to the quarter-finals with two wins (Nigeria, Canada) and one loss (Spain), whilst Brazil had one win (Papua New Guinea ), one draw (Sweden) and one loss (Korea DPR) which saw them finish runners-up of Group A above Sweden on goal difference.
USA v Mexico (25 November, 16.00 local) – Despite having the exact same record of France in Group C, USA clinched the top place finish due to the fair play criteria. This means they will face the Group D runners-up Mexico in the Quarter-final. Mexico’s record at this tournament so far is two wins (Korea Republic, Venezuela) and one defeat (Germany).
Germany v France (25 November, 19.30 local) – The holders Germany have looked very impressive at this tournament so far as they completed the group stage on top, winning all of their games. France has earned one win and two draws at this competition so far which but them level with Group C opponents USA. With nothing separating the two nations, the fair play criteria had to come into play and the yellow card that the French team picked up against New Zealand meant that they would finish runners-up of Group C.
Check out the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2016 schedule for a recap of results and upcoming fixtures.