A key day for the big guns

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FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2018


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  • USA, Spain and Canada can seal qualification
  • The two Koreas have little margin for error
  • Cameroon and Colombia must avoid defeat

The teams competing in Group C and Group D of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup are all preparing for a potentially decisive second round of fixtures, which could see no fewer than four teams booking their place in the quarter-finals.

Defending champions Korea DPR and neighbours Korea Republic are among the teams in danger of elimination.

The games

Group C: USA – Korea DPR | Germany – Cameroon

Group B: Korea Republic – Canada | Colombia – Spain

What you need to know

Getting back on track: Having seen their eight-game unbeaten run at the tournament come to an end, Korea DPR are left with little margin for error. However, history is on their side: on the two occasions that they have come up against USA, the team have claimed a win (2008) and a draw (2012).


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Onwards and upwards: Having handed Korea DPR their second-heaviest defeat at a tournament that they have historically dominated, Germany will now be looking to reach the last eight for the fifth time in six editions. The Germans are hoping for a repeat of their performance against Cameroon in the group stage two years ago, when they emerged victorious by two goals to nil.

Twenty and counting: Canada and Spain will be playing their 20th games in the competition, each knowing that a win will secure their qualification for the quarter-finals. In another sense, both sides are entering unknown territory: they have never previously come up against their next opponents, Korea Republic and Colombia.


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Players to watch

Sharon Ramirez (COL): the diminutive midfielder will have a key role to play in disrupting Spain’s fluid passing game.

Gwak Royeong (KOR): the crossbar may have denied her a goal, but she was one of her team’s best performers in the opening match against Spain.

Sunshine Fontes (USA): her country’s all-time leading goalscorer at U-17 level, the forward found the back of the net twice in the first match and has her sights set on more.

Marie Ngah (CMR): having fulfilled her dream of making it to a World Cup, the striker is now tasked with scoring the goals to help her team bounce back following their opening defeat.

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