Matildas' quarter-final opponents locked in after 'brutal' statement at World Cup

Australia will play France on Saturday for a spot in the semi-finals of the Women's World Cup.

The Matildas and France at the Women's World Cup.
The Matildas will play France in the quarter-finals at the Women's World Cup. Image: Getty

The Matildas will play France on Saturday in the quarter-finals of the Women's World Cup after Les Bleues crushed Morocco 4-0 on Tuesday night in a major statement. France scored three goals in eight minutes in the first half as they dominated from start to finish to advance to a blockbuster showdown with Australia.

Veteran striker Eugenie Le Sommer scored either side of half-time, while Kadidiatou Diani scored the opening goal and supplied two assists. Speaking after the match, midfielder Kenza Dali said her side were ready for a hostile reception when they tackle the Matildas on Saturday in Brisbane.

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"The crowd is going to be against us," Dali said. "I feel like this World Cup everywhere we played the crowd was against us and at the moment it's good (preparation) for us, so it's up to us to handle the pressure (against Australia)."

Dali, who scored France's second goal, said she'd kept a close eye on Australia's 2-0 victory over Denmark on Monday in the round of 16. The 32-year-old said her side weren't concerned about their 1-0 loss to the Matildas in a pre-tournament friendly.

"When we played this game, we were still in preparation, even Australia; it's going to be a completely different game Saturday night," she said. "It (Australia) is a fantastic team and they play with a lot of freedom. They look like they really enjoyed it and they handled the pressure well.

"They played really good football as well and scored amazing goals. I think Caitlin Foord is the best player at the moment; she has been unbelievable and it's going to be great."

French players, pictured here after a goal against Morocco at the Women's World Cup.
French players celebrate a goal during their win over Morocco at the Women's World Cup. (Photo by Sue McKay/Getty Images)

Dali said France would be on high alert for Sam Kerr, who played her first minutes of the World Cup against Denmark. Kerr played in the pre-tournament friendly before injuring her calf before the opening group game.

"I think she's a great player and I hope for her, she's going to play," Dali said. "It must have been really sad and frustrating for her to watch from the side. I do believe she's prepared herself for us and she's going to be there, I'm a hundred per cent sure."

Colombia beat Jamaica to reach World Cup quarters

In the earlier round of 16 match on Tuesday, Colombia advanced to their first-ever quarter-final after downing Jamaica 1-0. In just their third appearance at a Women's World Cup, the World No.26-ranked Colombians are into the final eight along with heavyweights England and Spain.

Colombian captain Catalina Usme broke the deadlock in the 51st minute on Tuesday night to send the 27,706 fans at AAMI Park into delirium. The crowd support rested solely with Colombia, producing one of the loudest and most raucous atmospheres at a game in this year's World Cup so far.

Colombia will play Euro champions England at Stadium Australia on Saturday night for a place in the semis. "We came here to play seven finals," Colombian captain Catalina Usme said. "We're dreaming big, we know we can do it."

Colombian fans at the Women's World Cup.
Colombian fans celebrate after their 1-0 win over Jamaica at the Women's World Cup. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

The result was bittersweet for Jamaica, who made the knockout stages in just their second appearance in a World Cup. They were forced into starting a GoFundMe page to fund their trip to Australia.

"We have some decent young players coming through so we need to have a transition and start preparing for the future - tomorrow," Jamaica coach Lorne Donaldson said. "Maybe with some help from the (Jamaican) government, even though FIFA and government don't really mix. We need to figure something out."

Women's World Cup quarter-finals:

  • Spain v Netherlands - Friday 11am

  • Japan v Sweden - Friday 5.30pm

  • Australia v France - Saturday 5pm

  • England v Colombia - Saturday 8.30pm

* all times AEST

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