The Round of 16 didn’t disappoint. Eight teams have advanced into World Cup quarterfinals and eight teams had their tournament end. Seven of the remaining eight teams are from Europe, and the first of four quarterfinal matches begins with Norway taking on England. Here’s some things to watch out for from both teams today.
Norway heads into the quarterfinal after advancing on penalty kicks against Australia. While the match went longer than any other during the round of 16, Norway also enters this next match on an additional day of rest over England. Norway’s tournament started with win over Nigeria in the group stage, had to navigate the narrative of who they could be without World’s Best Ada Hegerberg, all while continuing to turn heads with their play.
Perhaps one player has stood out more than any, in Caroline Graham Hansen. The 24 year old Hansen was active during Norway’s match against England with 11 shots. She also took - and converted - Norway’s first penalty during the match against Australia. Norway will need another performance from Hansen, who will face a challenge in England’s defense and Lucy Bronze.
England heads into this match as slight favorites over Norway after winning their group stage, and winning against Cameroon in the round of 16. Having gotten past the post match headlines surrounding their round of 16 opposition, England must turn their attention to a team that has been waiting since Saturday for this competition. Norway could potentially give England a challenge in a way other teams this tournament have not, should this one go to penalties. Players like Ellen White and Nikita Parris will give Norway’s backline some trouble.
How To Watch
Who: Norway vs England
Where: Stade Oceane, Le Havre
When: 3:00 p.m. ET
Stream: Free Fubo TV trial
This is also your discussion thread for today’s quarterfinal! Who do you thing advances into the semifinals? Will this match be decided in regulation? Make sure you leave your thoughts in the comments below!