Spain will face the Netherlands in an all-European clash at the Women’s World Cup as the quarter-finals get underway in Australia and New Zealand. Spain bounced back from their 4-0 defeat to Japan by defeating Switzerland 5-1 in the last-16, with Aitana Bonmati scoring two goals. Head coach Jorge Vilda made five changes to the team, including dropping star player Alexia Putellas to the bench. This decision paid off as Spain reached their first ever Women’s World Cup quarter-final. On the other hand, the Netherlands, who were runners-up in 2019, faced a tough challenge from South Africa but managed to progress with a 2-0 victory, thanks to an outstanding performance from goalkeeper Daphne van Domselaar.
The match between Spain and the Netherlands will take place on Friday 11 August in Wellington, New Zealand. Kick-off is at 2am UK time (BST). The quarter-final will be shown live on ITV 1, with coverage starting from 1:50am BST.
In terms of team news, Spain made five changes for the last-16 win against Switzerland, which included Cata Coll and Laia Codina making their first international starts. Codina even scored at both ends in the 5-1 victory. It is likely that Jorge Vilda will stick with the changes that brought success, which could mean Alexia Putellas will again start on the bench. On the other hand, the Netherlands will be without key midfielder Danielle van de Donk, who received her second yellow card of the tournament against South Africa and is suspended for the quarter-final.
Both teams have had different journeys to reach the quarter-finals. Spain finished as runners-up in Group C and had the following results: a 3-0 win against Costa Rica, a 5-0 win against Zambia, a 0-4 loss to Japan, and a 5-1 win against Switzerland. On the other hand, the Netherlands finished at the top of Group E with the following results: a 1-0 win against Portugal, a 1-1 draw against the United States, a 7-0 win against Vietnam, and a 2-0 win against South Africa.
The clash between Spain and the Netherlands promises to be an exciting encounter as both teams aim to secure a spot in the semi-finals of the Women’s World Cup.