With the group stage settled, the Women’s World Cup moves into the knockout rounds with 2007 finalists Germany and Brazil as the favorites after cruising through the first round with three straight victories.
As a result of the 2-1 loss to Sweden on Wednesday, the United States was relegated to second place in Group C and now must face Marta and the Brazilians (7 goals for, 0 goals against) in the quarterfinals. Had they earned a draw or victory, the Americans would’ve won the group and played Australia (0-19-2 vs. USA).
Since the 4-0 loss to Brazil in the 2007 semifinals, the United States has beaten the Brazilians four straight times by 1-0 margins, including the 2008 Olympic gold medal game. Overall, the Americans have a 23-2-2 record in the series.
FIFA’s USA-Sweden video package is here.
All times are Eastern
England (2-0-1) vs. France (2-1-0) in Leverkusen, noon (ESPN, ESPN3.com)
Germany (3-0-0) vs. Japan (2-1-0) in Wolfsburg, 2:45 p.m. (ESPN, ESPN3.com)
Sweden (3-0-0) vs. Australia (2-1-0) in Augsburg, 7 a.m. (ESPN, ESPN3.com)
Brazil (3-0-0) vs. USA (2-1-0) in Dresden, 11:30 a.m. (ESPN, Galavision, ESPN3.com)
*In next Wednesday’s semifinals, the Germany-Japan winner will play the Sweden-Australia winner in Frankfurt and England or France will face Brazil or the USA in Moenchengladbach.