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Both cruised through their round of 16 clashes, but these two European juggernauts will be sorely tested by each-other in Wellington.
On Saturday, Spain absolutely smashed Switzerland 5-1 at Eden Park, with Aitana Bonmatí opening the scoring early, before Laia Codina scored own goal of the tournament, firing into her own net from the half-way line.
It mattered not because, by half time, la Roja had raced into a commanding 4-1 lead, with Alba Redondo, Bonmatí again and then Codina herself all on target.
Jenni Hermoso then completed the rout in the second half, latching onto Eva Navarro’s through-ball and curling into the far corner.
In their final group game, Jorge Vilda’s team had been smashed 4-0 by Japan, but their demolition of the Swiss was Spain’s way of saying that was just a one-off, and this team really does mean business Down Under.
This’ll be la Roja’s first-ever World Cup quarter-final, so can they reach the last four of a major tournament for the first time since the European Championships of 1997?
Netherlands meantime, of course, featured in the most-recent World Cup Final of 2019, having won the Euros on home soil two summers earlier.
Now, there are signs that the Oranje might just be rounding into form at just the right time.
First, Holland topped their group against all pre-tournament expectations, holding reigning champions USA to a 1-1 draw before demolishing debutants Vietnam 7-0 in Dunedin.
Then, in Sunday’s round of 16 tie, Andries Jonker’s team swatted aside surprise package South Africa in Sydney, cruising to a 2-0 victory.
Jill Roord broke the deadlock after just eight minutes, bundling home a corner from mere picometres out, before Lineth Beerensteyn sealed the win later on, her shot going straight through the goalkeeper.
These two teams have never met at a major tournament, with each of their last three friendly meetings going th way of the Spanish, most-recently prevailing 1-0 in April 2021 in Marbella
However, their last competitive clash did see the Dutch come out on top, winning both legs 2-0 of their Euro 2009 play-off, as Holland qualified for that competition at Spain’s expense.
This clash at Wellington Regional Stadium is tough to call, so who will be heading to Auckland for Tuesday’s semi-final against Japan or Sweden?
Spain team news
Jorge Vilda made five changes to his XI for Saturday’s round of 16 tie, following Spain’s hammering at the hands of Japan.
This was most-notably in goal, where Cata Coll came in for her senior international debut, with Misa Rodríguez dropping out.
Superstar midfielder Alexia Putellas was only on the bench at the weekend, as her minutes continue to be managed, but the back-to-back Ballon d’Or Féminin winner is likely to return here.
Laia Codina was amongst those who surprisingly came into the side against Switzerland, enjoying a mixed first appearance at this tournament, scoring at both ends in the first half.
Predicted XI (4-3-3): Coll; Hernández, Paredes, Codina, Batlle; Bonmatí, Abelleira, Alexia; Hermoso, Paralluelo, González.
Netherlands teams news
Star midfielder Daniëlle van de Donk was booked against South Africa on Sunday, shown her second yellow card of the tournament, meaning she’ll miss this tie through suspension, which is an enormous blow.
Andries Jonker has, so far, named the same midfield five for all four matches at this tournament, with Kerstin Casparij the most likely player to come in here and deputise for van de Donk.
Sherida Spitse will continue as part of the back three, winning her 221st cap, while Lieke Martens is the top-scorer in her team, bagging her 59th goal for the Netherlands against Vietnam.
Predicted XI (3-5-2): van Domselaar; Spitse, Janssen, van der Gragt; Pelova, Roord, Groenen, Casparij, Brugts; Martens, Snoeijs.