La Roja, trio of first-timers make intriguing final four

Players to watch

Maya Hahn (NZL): Hahn demonstrated her self-confidence by taking New Zealand’s first penalty in the shootout against Japan in the quarter-finals, despite only being brought on as a substitute in the second half.

Claudia Pina (ESP): Not only did the striker gain experience at the U-17 Women’s World Cup 2016 and the U-20 Women’s World Cup 2018, she has shown her keen eye for goal in Uruguay, and leads her team-mates as a cornerstone of the Spain side.

Jaidy Gutierrez (MEX): The goalkeeper was Mexico’s hero in the quarter-finals against Ghana, saving twice in the shootout to seal her team’s ticket to the last four. If it goes down to penalties again, the Mexican custodian will be prepared.

Caitlin Shaw (CAN): Shaw instigated the attack that led to Canada’s match-winning goal against Germany, spreading the play out to the left to Kaila Novak, whose ball into the middle was finished by Jordyn Huitema.

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