Lauren James has set the Women's World Cup alight! Winners & losers of the group stages as USWNT boss Vlatko Andonovski faces tough questions

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Shocks, drama, firsts - the 2023 Women's World Cup group stages had it all and, to make it all the more exciting, it feels like we are still nowhere near knowing who is going to lift the trophy in Sydney on August 20. Several favourites have underwhelmed, some have even crashed out, while the underdog stories have continued to unfold.

It means that we're set for a thrilling set of knockout fixtures, with some giants of the game meeting much earlier than expected for what are set to be mouth-watering encounters with plenty at stake.

But before we look ahead to what is set to be a thrilling set of knockout fixtures, GOAL picks out the winners and losers from the group stages...

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