Germany will take on Sweden in the 2019 Women’s World Cup quarters at Stade de la Route de Lorient on June 29.
Germany cruised to the top of Group B garnering nine points after winning all three group stage matches. Martina Voss-Tecklenburg’s side beat Nigeria 3-0 in their group stage match to sail through to the quarter-finals on June 22. Sweden, on the other hand, emerged second in Group F with six points winning two games. Peter Gerhardsson’s side secured the quarter-finals spot after beating Canada 1-0 on June 24.
Martina Voss-Tecklenburg’s side last met with Sweden in the 2003 Women’s World Cup finals that ended 2-1 for Germany. Sweden will be looking to redeem themselves during Saturday’s encounter.
Who do you think will win when Germany face Sweden on June 29? We take a look at the two teams, their rankings and history to determine who will carry the day.
German national women’s team are currently second-placed in the FIFA world rankings with 2072 points. Die Nationalelf are two-time World-Cup champions having won the 2003 and 2007 finals. They will be looking for the third title after failing to achieve the feat in the last twelve years.
Voss-Tecklenburg’s side were kicked out of the 2015 World Cup after they were beaten 2-0 by the US in the semis at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal. In 2016 the Die Nationalelf scooped gold in the women’s Olympics football in Rio after winning against Sweden 2-1.
Germany have had a clean sheet since the tournament began, winning all the four matches they have played without conceding a goal. They beat Nigeria in their last match a week ago.
Sweden have never won the World Cup title. This time around, the Swedes will be eyeing their first ever major title which won’t come easy. They will have to win every match they play next having already made it to the quarter-finals. Sweden’s match against Germany on Saturday is a must win for Gerhardsson’s side if they dream of making it to the finals.
Sweden have won four of their last five matches. Their only loss was against the US on June 20 which ended 2-0. Sweden were the runner-up in the 2003 World Cup event that was hosted by the US. The Blågult failed to make it past the round of 16 in the 2015 edition after they were thrashed 4-1 by Germany.
The Swedes won their first and only major title in the UEFA Women’s Euro Cup in 1984 defeating England in the penalty shoot out. Sweden fell to Canada in the 2019 ALgarve Cup in a game that was decided by penalties on March 6.
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Germany is ranked second in the FIFA world rankings while Sweden is ninth. Voss-Tecklenburg’s side have won five of their seven direct matches against Sweden, drawing once and losing only once. Germany beat Sweden 2-1 in their last International Friendly match on April 6.
The Die Nationalelf have won all their last five matches they have played without conceding a goal, while the Blågult have won four times.
Players to watch
The two teams comprise of highly talented players whose performance will be key when the two teams clash on Saturday. The following are some of those players.
Dzsenifer Marozsan has made 91 international appearances for Germany scoring 32 goals in the process. The 27-year-old who has played one match since the tournament began on June 7, will add to the strength of Voss-Tecklenburg’s striking force as she has shown before what she is capable of.
Germany’s Sara Dabritz plays for Bayern Munchen. The 24-year old was voted player of the match during Germany’s 3-0 victory against Nigeria. Dabritz has made four appearances for Germany in the 2019 Women’s World Cup scoring three goals in the process. She will be one of the players to watch on Saturday’s match.
Sweden midfielder Kosovare Asslani has made four appearances for the Swedes since the tournament began. The 29-year-old has scored two goals and provided one assist for her side in the World Cup. She currently plays for Linkoping where she made six appearances this year.
Sweden forward Fridolina Rolfo currently plays for Bayern Munchen. She scored two goals in six appearances during the 2018/2019 season. The 25-year-old has scored one goal for her side in the World Cup and provided one assist.
Germany have better odds to win against Sweden
Judging from the above statistics, Germany is more likely to emerge victorious on Saturday. Their impressive record against the Swedes indicates that they are better placed to win the last game in the quarter-finals. Unlike Peter Gerhardsson’s side, Sweden have lost a number of matches.
The good record of Voss-Tecklenburg’s side backed by the desire to win, means that Sweden stands little chance against Germany. I would throw my weight behind Germany to win, but we will be waiting to see what happens at the end of the 90-minute match.
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