Women’s World Cup quarterfinal action continues in Auckland, as the impressive Japan take on Sweden for the right to progress to the semifinals.
Japan have been one of the most impressive teams at the tournament so far, scoring 14 goals with just one concession, including a counter-attacking masterclass in a 4-0 win over Spain and a clinical 3-1 victory over Norway in the Round of 16.
Like Japan, Sweden also won all three of their matches in the group stages, leading to a pulsating Round of 16 clash against back-to-back champions USA that went all the way to penalties.
In one of the most dramatic endings to a World Cup game, Lina Hurtig’s winning penalty crossed the line by mere millimeters, ending the USWNT’s defence of their crown and setting up an exciting clash.
What time is Japan vs Sweden kickoff?
The Japan vs. Sweden quarterfinal will begin at 7:30 p.m. local time at Eden Park in Auckland. Here is how that time translates to selected territories around the world:
|USA||Fri, August 11||3:30 a.m. ET|
|Canada||Fri, August 11||3:30 a.m. ET|
|UK||Fri, August 11||8:30 a.m. BST|
|Australia||Fri, August 11||5:30 p.m. AEST|
|India||Fri, August 11||1:00 p.m. IST|
|Hong Kong||Fri, August 11||3:30 p.m. HKT|
|Malaysia||Fri, August 11||3:30 p.m. MYT|
|Singapore||Fri, August 11||3:30 p.m. SGT|
|New Zealand||Fri, August 11||7:30 p.m. NZT|
Where to watch Japan vs Sweden
Fans around the world will be able to watch the second quarterfinal of the tournament on both TV and live stream.
|USA||FOX||Fubo, Fox Sports site/app,
Telemundo Deportes En Vivo (Spanish)
|UK||BBC One, RTE 2||BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport Web, RTE Player|
|Australia||Optus Sport, Channel Seven||Optus Sport, 7Plus|
|Canada||TSN1, TSN 4, TSN 5||TSN+, RDS app|
|India||Star Sports Select HD1, Star Sports Select 1||FanCode, Hotstar VIP, JioTV|
|New Zealand||Sky Sport 1 NZ, Prime TV||Sky Sport NOW, Prime TV|
|Singapore||FIFA WWC CH01||meWATCH|
|Hong Kong||Now Sports Prime||Now Player|
Fans in select regions of the world can stream the Women’s World Cup live on FIFA+, including in Japan, Brazil, Indonesia and Thailand.
Japan vs Sweden lineups, team news
Japan will be hoping tournament top scorer Hinata Miyazawa can continue her hot run of form that saw her score twice against Spain and once in the Round of 16 victory over Norway. She also has three player of the match awards in the competition.
Coach Futoshi Ikeda seems to have settled on a back five consisting of Hana Takahashi, Saki Kumagai and Moeka Minami at centre-back, with Risa Shimizu and Jun Endo occupying the wing-back spots.
Japan have had the luxury of being able to rotate their side more than most at this World Cup, with the likes of Yui Hasegawa and Mina Tanaka being able to start some games from the bench, meaning they will be fresher later in the tournament, which will be a huge advantage.
Japan projected starting lineup: 1. Yamashita (GK) — 12. Takahashi, 4. Kumagai, 3. Minami — 2. Shimizu, 14. Hasegawa, 16. Hayashi, 13. Endo ‚ 7. Miyazawa, 11. Tanaka, 15. Fujino
Sweden’s early qualification to the knockout rounds allowed them to rest a series of key players in their final group game, though it seemed to impact their momentum slightly as they were second best in their Round of 16 match against the USA.
Amanda Illestedt has been surprisingly effective in front of goal, with the centre-back scoring three times in the group stages, making her Sweden’s top scorer at the tournament.
Fridolina Rolfo and Stina Blackstenius have also been in good form going forward, whilst Johanna Rytting Kaneryd has worked her way into the starting side, though their previous match going the distance may see some changes made to the side to keep them fresh.
Sweden projected starting lineup: 1. Musovic (GK) — 14. Bjorn, 13. Ilestedt, 6. Eriksson, 2. Andersson — 16. Angeldal, 23. Rubensson — 19. Kaneryd, 9. Asllani, 18. Rolfo — 11. Blackstenius
Japan vs Sweden betting odds
There is a good chance this match will go to extra time and potentially even penalties, as these sides are difficult to split.
Japan’s attack will be met by a stout Swedish defence whose goalkeeper Zecira Musovic pulled off multiple saves against the USA; the match will definitely be Japan’s most difficult of the tournament to date.
|Japan win (90 mins)||Draw (90 mins)||Sweden
win (90 mins)
to score Y / N
|Over / Under
|Japan advance||Sweden advance|
|+125||+225||+210||+100 / -141||+125 / -175||-159||+110|
|2.22||3.15||3.00||1.93 / 1.69||2.27 / 1.56||1.65||2.10|
|Top Betting Sites
|23/20||21/10||11/5||20/21, 4/5||13/10, 4/7||8/13||6/5|
|2.23||3.25||3.35||2.05 / 1.74||2.35 / 1.57||1.65||2.10|
|2.10||2.96||3.28||1.95 / 1.75||2.27 / 1.56||1.55||2.30|
Odds up to date as of August 9