The Matildas were on the brink of an early exit in the group stages but have overcome challenges impressively to reach the quarter-finals, with Caitlin Foord and Mary Fowler starring in their 2-0 victory over Denmark in the last-16.
The Matildas have now been boosted by the return of star striker and captain Sam Kerr, who faces a battle to get back into the starting line-up given how well Australia have adjusted to her absence.
France, meanwhile, cruised into their quarter-finals with a 4-0 win over Morocco. Les Bleues understand the pressure that now faces Australia, after they were knocked out of their home World Cup at the quarter-final stage by the United States four years ago.
These sides have met recently, with Australia defeating France 1-0 in a warm-up game just before the start of the World Cup. Here’s everything you need to know.
When is Australia vs France?
The match takes place on Saturday 12 August in Brisbane, Australia. It will kick off at 8am UK time (BST).
How can I watch it?
It will be shown live on ITV 1 and ITV X, with coverage starting from 7:30am.
What is the team news?
After missing all three group games with a calf injury, Sam Kerr returned for Australia against Denmark as she played the final 15 minutes of the 2-0 win. But Tony Gustavsson has decided to not change a winning line-up, with Kerr remaining on the bench for the quarter-final.
Australia’s counter-attacking 4-4-2 has clicked, with Mary Fowler and Emily van Egmond working well in tandem up front and Caitlin Foord and Hayley Raso providing goal threat from the wings. But Kerr remains one the best strikers in the world and will be pushing hard for a place against France.
Herve Renard has made one change from France’s comfortable 4-0 win over Morocco, with Maëlle Lakrar replacing Ève Périsset.
Kadidiatou Diani has four goals and three assists so far and has struck up a dangerous partnership with France’s record goalscorer Eugenie Le Sommer.
How did both teams reach the quarter-finals?
Australia (Winner Group B)
France (Winner Group F)
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