The 7th of July saw the start of the 2019 Women’s World Cup finals, with Phil Neville’s England looking to win their first ever Women’s World Cup since the tournament was introduced back in 1991. After getting passed: Scotland, Argentina and Japan in the group stage, England joined: Norway, Australia, Cameroon, France, Brazil, Spain, Italy, China, Netherlands, Japan, Germany, Nigeria, Sweden, Canada and the USA in the round of 16, with England facing Cameroon for a place in the quarter-finals. England comfortably beat Cameroon 3-0 to book their place in the quarter-finals and one step closer to the final. Find all of the round of 16 results below:
- Norway 1-1 Australia (Norway win 4-1 on pens)
- England 3-0 Cameroon
- France 2-1 Brazil (AET)
- Spain 1-2 USA
- Italy 2-0 China
- Netherlands 2-1 Japan
- Germany 3-0 Nigeria
- Sweden 1-0 Canada
England faced Norway in the quarter-finals, with France facing the USA, Italy facing the Netherlands and Germany facing Sweden. Similar to their round of 16 game against Cameroon, England comfortably beat Norway 3-0 to book their place in the semi-finals. Find all of the quarter-final results below:
- Norway 0-3 England
- France 1-2 USA
- Italy 0-2 Netherlands
- German 1-2 Sweden
In the semi-finals, England faced a tough test against 3-time winners and current World Champions USA. England got off to a terrible start after going 1-0 down after 10 minutes, but responded quickly by scoring an equaliser 9 minutes later. The USA scored their second of the game after 31 minutes and England were unable to find a response as the game finished 2-1, with England missing out on the World Cup final.
The other semi-final saw the Netherlands and Sweden compete for the final spot in the World Cup final. After a scoreless 90 minutes, it took extra-time for a winner to be decided and it turned out to be the Netherlands as Jackie Groenen scored in the 99th minute to give the Netherlands a 1-0 win over Sweden and a place in the final. Find both semi-final results below:
- England 1-2 USA
- Netherlands 1-0 Sweden
Third Place Play-Off
After their defeats in the semi-finals, England faced Sweden in the third place play-off, and unfortunately for England, they faced defeat once against as Sweden were victorious in a 2-1 win. Meaning that Sweden finished third and England had to settle for fourth.
The USA were on the brink of becoming World Champions for the fourth time and the Netherlands were aiming for their first World Cup ahead of the final in Lyon. It ended up being the USA who were victorious as 2 second half goals gave them a 2-0 win over Sweden to give them their fourth World Cup in 28 years.