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Thrilling World Cup round of 16 - three Bayern players progress

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A tournament debut and thrilling penalty shoot-outs - the World Cup round of 16 in Australia and New Zealand had plenty in store for the Bayern Women. has a round-up of who can keep dreaming of the trophy and who had to start on the long journey home.

Denmark knocked out by co-hosts

Pernille Harder, FC Bayern Women
Pernille Harder and Denmark failed to beat their Australian hosts in the round of 16.

The Danish national team led by their captain and new FCB signing Pernille Harder have been knocked out of the tournament in the round of 16. On Monday, the Scandinavians were defeated 2-0 by co-hosts Australia. With over 75,000 spectators behind them at the Sydney stadium, the Matildas booked their place in the quarter-finals and sent the Danes home. Although Harder's team held their own for long stretches, they ultimately lacked any real chances to pose a serious threat to the Australian goal.

Stanway in quarter-finals with England

FC Bayern Women, Georgia Stanway
Georgia Stanway gave everything over 120 minutes to book England's place in the quarter-finals.

In contrast, the England team featuring Bayern midfielder Georgia Stanway had already secured qualification for the quarter-finals on Monday morning. The win against Nigeria came after 120 minutes in a penalty shoot-out, as the match had remained goalless beforehand. England had to battle through extra time with only ten players on the pitch as Lauren James had been shown a red card in the 87th minute. In the penalty shoot-out, FCB's Stanway stepped up as the first taker for the Lionesses, but was unable to convert her effort. However, Nigeria's first two takers also missed their penalties. England won 4-2 in the end and will meet the winners of the Colombia-Jamaica clash in the quarter-finals on Saturday 12 August at 12.30 CEST

Sweden win thrilling encounter with USA

FC Bayern Women, Magdalena Eriksson
Magdalena Eriksson confidently converted her penalty for Sweden.

Arguably the most spectacular round of 16 match was contested by Sweden with Bayern newcomer Magdalena Eriksson, and the defending champions from the USA. This match was also 0-0 after 120 minutes, and it was in the penalty shoot-out that things got really exciting. Eriksson converted the penultimate effort for Sweden and after US veteran Kelley O'Hara missed her penalty, it was down to Lina Hurtig to score for Sweden. Her shot was parried by USA keeper Alyssa Naeher, who initially appeared to stop the rebound from crossing the goal line.

But after a short consultation between referee Stéphanie Frappart and the VAR, the decision was announced: the whole of the ball had crossed the goal line. So after an anxious few seconds of waiting, the Swedes were jubilant - the third-placed team at the 2019 World Cup had knocked the defending champions and title favourites out of the tournament. But it won't be any easier for Eriksson's team in the quarter-finals either - they now face Japan with former Bayern player Saki Kumagai (Friday, 11 August, 9:30 CEST). The Japanese have been very convincing so far and are currently regarded as one of the hot favourites for the title.

World Cup debut and a place in the quarter-finals

FC Bayern Women, Jill Baijings
The Netherlands' Jill Baijings got her first minutes of World Cup action in the round of 16.

Jill Baijings, meanwhile, got her first minutes of World Cup action, coming off the bench for the Netherlands against South Africa. Former Bayern Munich player Jill Roord paved the way for Dutch success in the round of 16 after just nine minutes. However, it took until the 68th minute for the Oranje Leeuwinnen to go 2-0 up through another former Bayern player, Lineth Beerensteyn. Head coach Andries Jonker's team owed a lot to goalkeeper Daphne van Domselaar, who kept a clean sheet for 90 minutes and thwarted several good chances by the South Africans. In injury time, FCB new signing Baijings was able to make her World Cup debut and will now face Spain in the quarter-finals with the Netherlands (Friday, 11 August, 03:00 CEST).

Norway downed by Japan

Norway's Tuva Hansen was unable to make it through to the round of 16 with her home country. The Scandinavians went down 3-1 to Japan and had to bow out of the tournament. The teams went into the break at 1-1, but the Japanese showed their class in the second half, adding another two goals to book their place in the quarter-finals.

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