Germany vs Sweden, Saturday’s match for the Quarter-final of the Women’s World Cup at the Roazhon Park in Rennes, Brittany, France.
As they did during the groups, Germany won the round of 16, beating Nigeria 3-0. As the only side left in the tournament to have a 100% clean sheet record, the Germans will want to continue progress, although Sweden is not at all aggressive.
It’s really hard to criticize Germany for their efforts in this tournament. From the outset, they looked like a solid side, a side very well prepared for this world cup. The women of Martina Voss-Tecklenburg did not fail in almost anything, since they maintained four clean sheets consecutive.
Facing Nigeria would never be the toughest test, although the Germans could hardly have done a lighter job of fending off their opponents. We could say that they had an easy race, but it is worth remembering that they were in full control by defeating Spain, which a few days ago hampered the US during the groups.
As for Sweden, they too have created a positive impression in France. They easily stepped out of their group as they delivered the perfect tournament performance to beat Canada last time.
Against the Canadians, Sweden was not exactly dominant from start to finish but they did a great job of staying in the game before attacking early in the second half. The way in which they restricted their opponents to a few clear chances was pleasant, while they also seemed very efficient at playing.
However, Sweden’s concern is that they failed to be seriously competitive against the US in the groups. They did not allow the USA to have all they could while doing a pretty frustrating job for long periods, but Peter Gerhardsson’s women did not do much in the game, only getting 2 shots on goal.
Undoubtedly, even by the favoritism of both, Germany should win the game, and is undoubtedly in a good shape, and quite solid.