Women's World Cup: Spain fully prepared for potential USA challenge

Spain moved through to the Women's World Cup knockout rounds with their draw against China and now want to upset the United States.


Lessons have been learnt from the loss to USA in January, says Spain manager Jorge Vilda.   -  Getty Images

Jorge Vilda says Spain has learned from January's loss to the United States and is ready for a potential last-16 tie against the Women's World Cup holders.

Spain has a chance of taking on the tournament heavyweights, though Sweden is still in the running to win Group F, after securing a 0-0 draw against China in Le Havre on Monday.

While it failed to find a winner against limited opponents, the point was enough to confirm La Roja's progression as runner-up to Germany in Group B.

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USA, scorers of 16 goals in its two outings, now looms large, but Vilda thinks a commendable 1-0 defeat to Jill Ellis' side earlier this year puts his team in a good position if they meet.

"Playing against [USA] for the first time made us understand what playing against such fast players with great technique within a well-learned system would mean," Vilda said. "This is something we've studied.

"This is a game where any small detail can change things so we're going to look at what we've done and try to correct our mistakes and try to call on our strengths in the run-up to the game.

"We'll try to do what we do best."

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China, with four points from three games, is also through to the next phase as one of the best third-placed teams.

Head coach Jia Xiuguan saluted his players for "playing really well" thus far but warned against expecting too much too soon.

"To build a strong team, it needs generations, it cannot just be done over one generation," he said.

"We also see the gap between us and the world-class teams. It's very difficult, no matter who our opponents are."