Read the full story on SportsLook - [ODDS and EVENS] Women's World Cup Reaches Quarterfinals with Plenty of Drama Still to Come
The to-be-determined champion of the FIFA Women’s World Cup is three wins away from achieving its ultimate goal.
Reaching the quarterfinals, eight national teams (Australia, Colombia, France, England, Japan, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden) have raised fans' hopes that this is their time.
This storyline will be amended soon.
The outcome of four quarterfinal matches ― Spain-Netherlands, Japan-Sweden, Australia-France and England-Colombia ― will require a new chapter to be written.
For Japan, four victories in succession over Zambia (5-0) , Costa Rica (2-0), Spain (4-0) and Norway (3-1), set up a quarterfinal clash with Sweden on Friday, August 11.
But first, remember this: Nadeshiko Japan is the second-lowest ranked team among the eight quarterfinals. Rankings, of course, don't decide the outcome of matches.
Japan is No 11 in the rankings, which were released on June 9. Colombia is the lowest-ranked team (No 25).
Overall Domination at the Women's World Cup
Since the Women's World Cup got underway on July 20, Japan manager Futoshi Ikeda's squad has been the best overall team.
The numbers: 14 goals scored, one goal conceded.
Still, it will take three more victories to haul in the winner's trophy.
Anything can happen between the start of Friday's match against world No 3 Sweden, which eliminated the top-ranked United States 5-4 on penalties in the round of 16, and the end of the World Cup final on August 20.
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Author: Ed Odeven