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Women’s World Cup Day 18 open thread: Round of 16 concludes, TV schedule, and links

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Italy, China, Netherlands, and Japan all play to advance into quarterfinals

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The World Cup Round of 16 concludes today with four teams battling to advance into the quarterfinals. Italy, China, Netherlands, and Japan will all be competing.

Here are some things to look out for today:

First match of the day will feature Italy facing off China. Italy enters the match as favorites on the day, collecting two wins in group C over Australia and Jamaica. Forward Barbara Bonansea has been performing well for Italy during this World Cup and will have a test against China’s defense. China has had trouble producing offense with their star forward Wang Shuang not playing at top fitness, and have relied on their defense thus far. Look for China’s goalkeeper Peng Shimeng to have another big game.

Second match of the day will have Netherlands taking on Japan. The European champions enter this match as favorites having won their three group matches. Japan is the second youngest team in this World Cup - and after a tournament opening 0-0 draw against Argentina - have looked like they are growing stronger in their tournament with each performance.

Winners of both of these matches will face each other in the quarter final.

How To Watch

Match 1

Who: Italy vs China

Where: Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier

When: 12.00 p.m. ET

TV: FS1

Stream: Free Fubo TV trial

Match 2

Who: Netherlands vs Japan

Where: Roazhon Park, Rennes

When: 3:00 p.m. ET

TV: FS1

Stream: Free Fubo TV trial

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Open Thread

This is also your Matchday 18 discussion thread! Who do you think will advance today? Think either of these games will have a high scoreline? Make sure you leave your thoughts in the comments below!