The Women’s World Cup knockout round began Saturday and runs through Tuesday. Here’s a look at the matchups.

All times Eastern.


Germany 3, Nigeria 0 (read more)

Norway 1, Australia 1; Norway advances on PKs, 4-1 (read more)


United States vs. Spain in Reims

Time, TV: Noon, Fox Sports 1

We have seen what the Americans can do in their three group-stage games, and what else is there to say about 18 goals scored vs. zero allowed? They’re the favorites, for about a million reasons. The only real question right now is the health of Alex Morgan, who was slow getting up after taking a hard foul in the first half against Sweden on Thursday and didn’t play in the second. Spain, meanwhile, is seen as an emerging power, winning the Under-17 World Cup and finishing second to Japan at the Under-20 World Cup last year (the United States failed to advance past the group stage in both). For what it’s worth, the Americans beat Spain, 1-0, using their usual starting lineup, in a January friendly.

Sweden vs. Canada in Paris

Time, TV: 3 p.m., Fox Sports 1

The Canadians saw their 10-match unbeaten streak come to an end Thursday in a 2-1 loss to the Netherlands, giving the victors first place in Group E and sending the losers to this match with Sweden. It also was the first time this year that Canada had surrendered more than one goal in a game. These two teams met in the third-place match of the Algarve Cup in March, a 0-0 draw that Canada won on penalty kicks.


Italy vs. China in Montpellier

Time, TV: Noon, Fox Sports 1

Italy hasn’t advanced this far at the World Cup since the inaugural tournament in 1991, when it made the quarterfinals in a 12-team field. Between then and now it appeared in just one World Cup, a group-stage flameout in 1999. Now it’s in the knockout round, a group winner and now a favorite over China, no less. The Chinese, a once-formidable women’s soccer power, have scored all of one goal through three games, the fewest of any team in the round of 16, yet advanced as a third-place qualifier because, well, there were just enough teams that were worse.

Netherlands vs. Japan in Rennes

Time, TV: 3 p.m., Fox Sports 1

The Dutch attack runs through Vivianne Miedema, who has had a hand in 43 percent of the Netherlands’ total shots this tournament, with two goals herself. That’has helped overcome the disappearance of Lieke Martens, who has not made her presence felt. World Cup champion in 2011 and runner-up four years ago, Japan finally might be feeling the pinch caused by a decided lack of support back home: It scored just twice in its first three games, both coming against a Scotland team that already has gone home.

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