Australia take on Denmark in the second Round of 16 game at the FIFA Women’s World Cup. The Danes came in second place in Group D, will try to ruin the fun by eliminating the home favorites.
Preview (Australia vs Denmark)
Australia started the Women’s World Cup with a slim 1-0 victory. In their second group game against Nigeria, they were shocked to lose 3-2. It dropped them to third place and put them at risk of being eliminated early. Australia saved their finest performance for their last group match. They easily defeated the Olympic winners Canada, despite the added burden of serving as the tournament co-hosts. The Matildas took control as Hayley Raso scored twice in the first half. Mary Fowler later added a third goal just before the hour mark. Australia defeated Canada 4-0 to advance to the knockout rounds. Steph Catley converted a stoppage-time penalty to complete the victory.
Australia, who won their group, will play Denmark in the round of 16. They will be looking to build on their previous meeting with the Danes in October 2022. The Matildas rallied from a goal behind to win the friendly match 3-1. Meanwhile, Denmark began their tournament with a slim victory over China. They were stopped in their tracks by England on Matchday Two. Denmark recovered from being denied the title of European champions by defeating Haiti 2-0 in their last group match.
Pernille Harder scored the game’s first goal from the penalty spot. Sanne Troelsgaard added a second goal in stoppage time after coming off the bench. It gave Denmark all three points and advanced to the round of 16. Now that Denmark is competing in the Women’s World Cup for the first time since 2007, they have a chance to win the competition for the first time ever. They may have lost their most recent match against Australia, but in a friendly match in June 2021, they managed to defeat the Matildas 3-2.
Australia manager Tony Gustavsson would be tempted to go with the same lineup after the team easily defeated Canada in their final group match. The Manchester City attacker will be hoping to score when she starts up front against Denmark after scoring to mark her return to the starting lineup. Sam Kerr, the standout striker for Australia, missed the group stage due to a calf injury, but he might be available to come off the bench on Monday.
Stine Pedersen will start after resting against Haiti. Josefine Hasbo might also make a comeback for the round of 16 matches, and she’ll probably line up in a midfield three with Karen Holmgaard and Kathrine Kuhl. When Harder leads the line against Australia, she will be attempting to increase her tally after opening her account for the competition on Tuesday.
Sport Sermon Australia vs Denmark FIFA Women’s World Cup Prediction
Australia’s overwhelming performance against Canada in their last group matchup would have been encouraging, and we predict that they will keep their momentum going by thrashing Denmark and securing a spot in the quarterfinals.
Australia 2 – 0 Denmark
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