The 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup continues Saturday (on FOX and the FOX Sports app) with a quarterfinal matchup between tournament co-host Australia and France at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Australia.
Australia and France checked in at No. 4 and No. 5, respectively, in our latest World Cup power rankings. Australia looks to continue a very strong World Cup showing in front of its home fans. The Matildas have star striker and captain Sam Kerr back and are hoping they can reintegrate her smoothly without halting the momentum they’ve created in her absence.
Saturday’s tilt features a lot of star power, including three Golden Boot favorites — France forwards Kadidiatou Diani and Eugenie Le Sommer, along with Australia forward Hayley Raso. What’s more, Australia goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold and France goalie Pauline Peyraud-Magnin are on the short list for this year’s Golden Glove award.
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Setting the stage
The “World Cup NOW” crew previewed the match live on social media ahead of kickoff.
Australia’s star striker Kerr is once again out of the starting XI, but is expected to play Saturday. A calf injury has held Kerr to just 10 total minutes in the World Cup thus far, all of which came in Australia’s most recent win over Denmark in the round of 16.
France, meanwhile, will have to stop Kerr and Raso without defender Ève Périsset, at least at first. Périsset is out of the starting XI for Les Bleues.
What this World Cup means to Australia
France coach Hervé Renard said that France will not be just be playing a team, but a country in this match. It’s easy to see why.
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