Quality Sport Images/Getty ImagesNetherlands and Sweden will go head-to-head in the second semi-final of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France on Wednesday.The pair will face off at the Stade de Lyon to determine who goes through to Sunday’s final to take on the United States, who beat England 2-1 at the same venue on Tuesday.Whichever side loses will play the Lionesses in the third-place play-off on Saturday. Date: Wednesday, July 3Time: 9 p.m. local (8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ET)TV: BBC TV (UK), FS1 (USA)Live Stream: BBC iPlayer (UK), Fox Sports Go (USA)Prediction: Netherlands 2-1 SwedenEurope vs. South America—Who Would Win? We Simmed on FIFA17Inside Transfer Deadline Day: Access All Areas at Sheffield United FIFA Sim: Bundesliga All-Stars vs. Serie a All-StarsMeet ‘Billy the Wonder Kid’: the 7-Year-Old Football PhenomenonJuventus vs. Real Madrid: Champions League Final Goes Space InvadersGianluigi Buffon Is an All-Time Great: Will He Finally Win the Champions League?Duong Ly Picks Football’s Biggest Results: Who Wins the Champions League Final? Can Real Madrid Unlock Juventus’ Defense in UEFA Champions League Final?FC Copenhagen Fans Throw Beach Toys on Pitch During Final Match of SeasonGoodbye to Tottenham Hotspur’s Famous Old Stadium—White Hart LaneBlue Is the Colour—B/R Animation Celebrates Chelsea’s Title270417_SS_RONALDORECORD_PLUS_1.movLyngby Goalkeeper Makes Incredible Goalkeeping Blunder We Asked Fans in Egypt: Who Is Your Champions League Legend?Here Is What Happened When the Champions League Trophy Visited Egypt6-Year-Old Prodigy Ariana Dos Santos Has Has Met Her Barcelona HeroesJamaican Fans Tell B/R Their UEFA Champions League MemoriesArsene Wenger Carries on Regardless as Arsenal Stars Cause Chaos in BackgroundN’golo Kante Will Win the PFA Players’ Player of the Year AwardDmytro Hrechyshkin Scores Fine Free-Kick for Vorskla—but Did He Mean It?Right Arrow Icon Having won the UEFA Women’s Euro 2017, the Netherlands have reached a World Cup semi-final in what is only their second appearance at the tournament following their debut in 2015.The Orange Lionesses’ recent success has coincided with the emergence of an exceptionally talented generation of players, including goalscoring forward duo Lieke Martens and Vivianne Miedema.The pair scored seven goals between them at the Euros—grabbing one apiece in a 2-0 win over Sweden along the way—and they have five thus far in France.Barcelona star Martens netted one of the goals of the tournament as the Dutch beat Japan 2-1 in the round of 16:Match of the Day @BBCMOTDFlick ✅
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Watch #NED v #JPN on @BBCFOUR: https://t.co/J73EhdV7WP #FIFAWWC #ChangeTheGame https://t.co/grBtAIYGdMMeanwhile, at just 22, Miedema is already the Netherlands’ all-time top scorer with 61 goals in 79 matches.Football commentator Derek Rae is an admirer:Derek Rae @RaeCommLove watching Miedema, even when she’s tightly marked. Constant thinking, probing, weighing up weaknesses in her opponent and waiting that moment. Have a feeling in 10 years we might be talking about her as the best striker ever to play international women’s football.Sweden, who were silver medallists at the Rio Olympics in 2016, don’t have quite as much talent as the Dutch, but they’re a solid outfit.After finishing second behind the United States in Group F, they edged out Canada 1-0 in the round of 16 before coming from behind to beat Germany 2-1 in the quarter-finals.They’ll pose a threat to the Netherlands on the break, as football blogger Tim Stillman observed:Tim Stillman @StillbertoI always regard #SWE as a defensive team, but Rodolfo, Asllani and Jakobsson behind the striker is thoroughly decent on the counter.Sweden can cause the Dutch problems through Stina Blackstenius and Kosovare Asllani, who have two goals apiece at the tournament.Miedema and Martens give the Netherlands an enormous amount of firepower, though, and their quality could be what makes the difference here.