New Zealand open their world cup campaign with a first-round group game against the Nederlands at Stade Océane.
The teams: New Zealand and the Netherlands
How they qualified:
The qualification to the world cup was just a formality for the New Zealanders, or it was their utter dominance over their rivals which forced us to think that way. A staggering 43 goals were scored in just five games in the OFC Women’s cup, with Football Ferns winning the competition for the 4tf consecutive time.
The Netherlands needed a playoff to secure a berth in the world cup, just like the last time. And for the 2nd consecutive time, the Dutch held onto their nerves, beating both Denmark and Switzerland by an 8-2 aggregate scoreline.
The FIFA Women’s World Cup match will be played between New Zealand and the Netherlands at Stade Océane, in Le Havre, France. The ground has a capacity of 25,181.
The game will start at 06:30 PM (IST), on Tuesday, June 11.
Sony Sports Network has the exclusive rights to broadcast FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 matches in India. Premier members can also enjoy the live action on the official SonyLiv App.
Recent form (Last six matches)
New Zealand – L W L W W L
Netherlands – L L W W W W
New Zealand Team News:
Meikayla Moore had to leave France’s world cup squad after the 23-year-old defender ruptured her Achilles tendon in training in Le Havre, France.
Christchurch-born Moore said she was not in pain and would have surgery in the next few days, and her “entire heart and soul is with this team”.
Probable XI: Nayler (GK), Green, Erceg, Stott, Percival, Olivia Chance, A Longo, A Riley, K Bowen, S Gregorius, H Wilkinson
Netherlands squad for the world cup:
Possible ins or outs of this game:
Probable XI: Van Veenendaal (GK), Van Lunteren, Van der Gragt, Janssen, Kika van Es, J Groenen, S Spitse, Van de Sanden, Van de Donk, L Martens, V Miedema
Potential Game Changers:
Stats and facts:
Captain and Vice-Captain options:
Ali Riley: Captain of the New Zealand team from 2017, Ali Riley’s experience at the back will be crucial for the team. She led the team during the qualifying campaign with her tenacity and resilience at the back paving the way for five consecutive clean sheets.
Lieke Martens: Perhaps the best dribbler in the side. Lieke Martens, who plays for Barcelona and can play either as an attacking midfielder or as a forward, was phenomenal during his team’s qualifying campaign. She was named as the FIFA Women player of the year in 2017 for her outstanding performance during UEFA Euro 2017.
Abby Erceg: The 29-year-old had to go through a difficult phase in the last couple of years. She retired twice but had to come back because the New Zeland team want her around, and that’s because she is one of the finest players at her position. Considering this is the first game, her experience at the back will help calm the nerves.
NED-W vs NZ-W Dream11 potential winner:
We back a score draw here.