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Can the Italians overcome the Steel Roses?

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The final two spots in the World Cup’s quarterfinal round are up for grabs today, as Italy faces China in Montpellier before the Netherlands take on Japan in Rennes.

Italy did well in qualifying, but winning Group C ahead of Australia and Brazil has turned some heads. However, they were the most organized and consistent team in the group, and with emerging players like goalkeeper Laura Giuliani and winger Barbara Bonansea, there’s reason to believe they should be aiming higher than simply being happy to get out of their group.

China, meanwhile, managed to get 4 points in Group B despite scoring just one goal. That’s down to both a generally conservative game plan based around disrupting opponents with hard tackles and sheer effort, but also because their attackers have been quite wasteful in front of goal. However, with reigning AFC player of the year Wang Shuang in the midfield and striker Li Ying staying busy up top, it can be argued that a simple uptick in form in front of goal could turn them from simply being an unpleasant opponent into a real threat to win today.

Location: Stade de la Mosson (Montpellier)

Kickoff time: 12:00pm Eastern

Available TV: Fox Sports 1, NBC Universo

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Here are your other options: Fox Sports Go, Fox Soccer Match Pass, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo, NBC Universo Now

The Netherlands and Japan finish up the Round of 16 with a match that could well be a display of aesthetically pleasing soccer from both sides. Sarina Wiegman’s Dutch side is renowned for their front three, but Arsenal midfielder Daniëlle van de Donk has arguably been their most important player thus far. With experience all over the field and the other teams in this section of the bracket looking short of their best, this tournament may be the chance for the Netherlands to confirm their place among woso’s elite.

However, they’ll have to get past Japan, which means they’ll probably have to chase the ball for long stretches. The Nadeshiko are, as ever, intent on using their technical ability to keep possession, and with their attack generally not creating very much at all (they have one goal from open play, and advanced despite a negative goal difference), they’ll probably use it to take the sting out of the game as well.

Still, while they may end up hoarding possession, the Japanese will have to generate more real chances against one of the most talented attacking sides in the tournament. It seems highly unlikely that they’ll be able to have so much of the ball that one goal will do the job.

Location: Roazhon Park (Rennes)

Kickoff time: 3:00pm Eastern

Available TV: Fox Sports 1, NBC Universo

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Here are your other options: Fox Sports Go, Fox Soccer Match Pass, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo, NBC Universo Now

For listings in other countries, check out LiveSoccerTV.com.

What are you drinking?: There’s seltzer at work, so probably that.

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