Formidable USA, underdog China and perfect host – the Women's World Cup last-16 stats

The knockout stages of the Women's World Cup get up and running on Saturday. We assess each last-16 tie with the use of Opta numbers...

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After an entertaining group stage filled with goals and VAR-drama aplenty, the Women's World Cup is entering the knockout rounds.

Five teams advanced through with a perfect record as England, Germany, Netherlands, United States and tournament hosts France won three games from three.

Norway, Italy, Australia, Brazil, Canada and Sweden progressed with six points, meanwhile, and they will be joined in the last-16 by Spain, China, Nigeria, Japan and Cameroon.

Eight mouth-watering ties await in the first knockout round, starting with Germany against Nigeria in Grenoble on Saturday, and here we assess each match with the use of Opta numbers.

Germany v Nigeria (June 22)

12 - Nigeria has won just one of its last 12 Women's World Cup matches against European nations, beating Denmark 2-0 in 1999.

3 - Germany has gone three games without a win in the knockout stages of the competition after winning seven out of eight before that.

Norway v Australia (June 22)

1 - Australia has won only one of its previous four knockout stage matches at the Women's World Cup, coming against Brazil in the last 16 of the 2015 edition.

2 - Norway is looking to win consecutive games in the competition for the first time since 2007 after beating South Korea 2-1 in its final group match.

England v Cameroon (June 23)

4 - England has won each of its last four matches at the Women's World Cup and are aiming to win five in a row for the first time.

2 - Cameroon is into the knockout rounds of the quadrennial tournament for the second time in a row. It lost 1-0 to China in the last-16 four years ago.

France v Brazil (June 23)

3 - Brazil are winless in their last three knockout matches at the Women's World Cup, failing to score in two of those games since a 4-0 semi-final win against USA in 2007.

0 - No European host has ever made it past the first knockout game in the competition's history, with both Sweden in 1995 and Germany in 2011 bowing out in the quarter-finals (the round of 16 was only introduced in 2015).

Spain v USA (June 24)

8 - USA has won each of its last eight matches at the Women's World Cup by an aggregate score of 29-2. In fact, it has only conceded in one of their last nine games at the tournament - 5-2 v Japan in the 2015 final.

1 - Spain has made it past the group phase for the first time ever. Only one of the last eight knockout debutantes have progressed to the next round (France beating England on penalties in the 2011 quarterfinals).

Sweden v Canada (June 24)

11 - Canada has lost 11 of its 13 previous meetings with European sides at the Women's World Cup (W1 D1), scoring more than once in just one of those matches -  a 3-2 defeat to England in 1995.

17 - Sweden has not kept a clean sheet in a knockout match in the competition since their 4-0 victory over Germany in a third-place play-off encounter in 1991 - it has conceded 17 goals in its nine such matches since.

Italy v China (June 25)

3 - Italy has won three of its last four matches at the Women’s World Cup (L1), after winning just two of its first six games in the competition (W2 D1 L3).

3 - Since it reached the final back in 1999, China has lost three of its last four knockout-stage games at the tournament (W1), never emerging further than the quarterfinal stage.

Netherlands v Japan (June 25)

43 - Vivianne Miedema has had a direct hand in 43 per cent of Netherlands' total shots at the 2019 Women's World Cup, taking 11 herself (two goals) and creating four chances for her team-mates (no assists).

2 - Japan has only lost two of its previous eight knockout stage matches at the Women's World Cup (W5 D1), with both of those defeats coming against the USA - in the 1995 quarterfinals and in the 2015 final.

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