FIFA Women’s World Cup 2022 Final: Netherlands vs Argentina Preview Guide

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The Hockey Paper enforces rule on Sunday’s World Cup bronze medal and final games at Estadi Olimpico

What time is the pushback?

Australia v Germany, 6:30 p.m. (CEST)
Netherlands vs Argentina, 9:30 p.m. (CEST)

World Cup history

The history books favor Argentina ahead of Sunday’s World Cup final between the world’s two best teams, in what will be their third meeting in a final and a repeat of the Olympic gold medal match of Tokyo last summer.

Will the emotions and energy-consuming efforts of the Argentinian team after their penalty shoot-out victory over Germany play a role in their performance against the Dutch?

The question now is whether they can retain their intensity and discipline and repeat their performances from 2022 – they were good value to win in regulation time – for one final push.

The Netherlands, world No. 1, are in the running for their ninth title in 15 editions of the World Cup. They have reached the last seven finals.

Argentina have beaten the Dutch in two of their three World Cup finals.

They lost the competition’s first in 1974, before Las Leonas won in 2002 and 2010 at Rosario, when a brace from Carla Rebecchi and Noel Barrionuevo secured a 3-1 win.

Band history

The Netherlands’ last 10 games against Argentina, dating back to the 2016 Olympics (the Dutch have won the last two games in a Pro League shootout):

D(W) D(W) WWLWWWWWW

Objectives at #HWC2022:

Netherlands: 13
Agentina: 18

Agustina Gorzelany heads to the final as the World Cup’s top scorer, with seven goals, thanks to her missiles and corners. Maria Granatto and Frédérique Matla have three each.

Cards

Argentina: 4 yellow, 4 green
Netherlands: 8 greens

What they say

“We have been consistent. We were good against Belgium at times, but we had deep drops. It needed to be done better and it worked. If our level is good, we are better than any opponent.
Frederique Matla

“The reality is that everyone benefits, we are locals here thanks to the people who came. We prove that wherever we go, we are local.
Belen Succi

Argentina easily qualified for the Round of 16 PIC: WORLDSPORTPICS/RODRIGO JARAMILLO

What else to note?

This will be Succi’s last game for Argentina before his retirement, while Marloes Keetels will play his last game for Oranje.

We don’t know yet whether it will also be Eva de Goede’s swan song in Oranje. The oldest player in the squad at 33, the Dutch tall returns for a World Cup final seven months after tearing her anterior cruciate ligament.

BRONZE MEDAL MATCH

Australia must be the favorites to win bronze against Germany on Sunday. The Hockeyroos will be looking to redeem their fourth-place finish at London 2018, while Germany will have to summon the energy gods to deliver a repeat of their close semi-final against Argentina.

Germany have not beaten Australia in regular time since 2010. They recorded a shootout victory after a draw in the World League final in 2015, while Australia have won eight out of nine in that period.

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