THe is the defending champion against the world No. 3; Two teams that can be free-scoring and exciting to watch; With two well-matched sides both, you suspect, making a statement performance up their sleeve, this is a quarter-final that promises to be as entertaining as it can be exciting.
Rarely can you reach the knockout stages of a tournament without injuries hampering team selection and this clash is no different. Indeed, luck – both good and bad – could go a long way in determining the outcome of this last-eight tie involving the Netherlands and France.
While the Dutch are confident their talismanic forward Vivienne Miedema is recovered from Covid to play some part in the match, the French know they will be without Marie-Antoinette Kato – their free-scoring striker ruptured her cruciate ligament during the 2nd. 1 win against Belgium in the group stage. It’s a cruel blow for a side that will need all the luck that comes their way tonight.
The Netherlands’ British manager Mark Parsons said on Friday about the possibility of Miedema playing tonight.
“I said the other day, we have to go through three training sessions,” he said. “We’ve been through two, everything’s going well. We have one more today. I’m spreading positive energy and optimism as much as I can, but we’ll have to see.
“We will make a decision before our final meeting, but it’s also about making sure every step is ticked because it’s never the same with Covid with the players.