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Thirteen Blues progress to World Cup knockout stage

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Upon the conclusion of the Women’s World Cup group stage Down Under, Chelsea Football Club has reason to celebrate as 13 of their players progress to the knockout phase, which is set to commence on Saturday. In this article, we will delve into the performances of the Chelsea stars during the group stage and look ahead to their upcoming matches in the round of 16.

Saturday’s Matches:

After battling through contrasting passages in the group phase, Japan and Norway are set to clash in Wellington on Saturday 5 August at 9 am (UK time). Japan emerged as Group C winners with three consecutive victories, while Norway secured their spot in the last-16 stage on goal difference, following a turbulent start to the tournament. Keep an eye on Japan’s Maika Hamano, who is yet to feature, and Norway’s Guro Reiten and Maren Mjelde, who have been crucial for the Norwegians.

Sunday’s Showdowns:

Sunday brings forth two exciting matchups for Chelsea players. First, Aniek Nouwen made her World Cup debut for the Netherlands, who clinched the top spot in Group E, surpassing reigning champions USA. The Dutch will face South Africa in Sydney at 3 am (UK time). Additionally, our Swedish duo, Zecira Musovic and Johanna Rytting Kaneryd, played pivotal roles in Sweden’s 100 per cent group stage record in Group G. Their next challenge will be against the formidable United States in Melbourne at 10 am (UK time).

Monday’s Battles:

Monday kicks off with England’s Lionesses, featuring Chelsea players Millie Bright, Jess Carter, Niamh Charles, Lauren James, and Hannah Hampton. The Lionesses secured maximum points to win Group D, setting up a clash against Nigeria in Brisbane at 8.30 am (UK time). Meanwhile, Sam Kerr, who missed the entirety of the group stage due to injury, will be hoping to make a significant impact for the Matildas as they face Denmark in Sydney at 11.30 am (UK time).

Tuesday’s Quarter-Final Ambitions:

After a goalless draw with Jamaica, France emerged as Group F winners with victories against Brazil and Panama. Eve Perisset played an essential role, starting in their previous two matches and even registering an assist. The Les Bleues will now set their sights on the quarter-finals as they take on Morocco in Adelaide at midday (UK time) on Tuesday 8 August.

The Women’s World Cup has been an exciting journey so far, and Chelsea fans have a lot to cheer about as 13 of their players continue to impress in the knockout phase. From impressive group stage performances to potential quarter-final ambitions, the Chelsea stars have showcased their talent on the world stage. As the tournament unfolds, football enthusiasts can look forward to thrilling matches filled with outstanding performances from these Chelsea players.

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