LIVE NWSL Challenge Cup quarter-final: Washington Spirit v Sky Blue FC

Spirit and Blue come face-to-face in the knock-out round of the Challenge Cup
Spirit and Blue come face-to-face in the knock-out round of the Challenge Cup - (Copyright Zuma Press/PA Images)
16:49pm, Sat 18 Jul 2020
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Spirit and Blue have not faced each other in the tournament so far.

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Welcome back to the NWSL Challenge Cup!

Yesterday Houston Dash and Portland Thorns FC secured their semi-final places after defeating North Carolina Courage and Utah Royals.

Today Washington Spirit will compete against Sky Blue FC in the third quarter-final.

 Kick off is just over 40 minutes away!

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Spirit release starting 11

Spirit have revealed who will be starting for them in this knock-out match

US international Rose Lavelle is starting on the bench for this one, while Ashley Hatch and Ashley Sanchez start again

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Blue have revealed starting squad

Blue have released their starting 11

Jennifer Cudjoe will start in this quarter-final

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Spirit want to win it for their captain

Spirit have said they want to win for their captain Andi O’Sullivan who was injured in their last game and so is not taking to the field today

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15 minutes to go!

We are just 15 minutes from kick off in Utah!

Who will claim that semi-final spot?

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National anthem

As the national anthem rings out in the stadium the majority of players and staff take a knee

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Kick off

We are underway in this quarter-final

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Spirit v Blue 2 min: 0-0

Blue cross into the box but it doesn’t find anyone, Spirit goal kick

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Spirit v Blue 3 min: 0-0

Cudjoe crosses it in but it doesn’t connect

Blue still on attack

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Spirit v Blue 4 min: 0-0

They lose the ball and so Spirit have a goal kick

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