The final day of action in Groups A and B at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Trinidad and Tobago should prove a good deal more relaxed than in the other two sections. Only pride and placings are at stake in three of the four games, with just one quarter-final place still unclaimed. There should be quite a battle for that last remaining berth, however, with the tournament hosts going head-to-head with the reigning champions.
Match of the day
Korea DPR-Trinidad and Tobago (Ato Boldon Stadium), 18:00
New Zealand 2008 winners Korea DPR recovered from their opening-day loss to Nigeria with a hard-earned 3-0 defeat of Chile, while Trinidad and Tobago did the opposite, edging past Las Rojitas 2-1 before going down by the same scoreline to the Flamingoes. With the North Koreans occupying second place on goal difference, the Soca Princesses will be hoping the beating drums of their tireless fans can inspire them to the win they need to advance. Whatever happens, the contrast between the disciplined and direct style of the Asians and the more expressive play of the home favourites should make for a fascinating spectacle in Couva.
The other matches
The only issue to be decided in the other game in Group A is whether Nigeria can make sure of top spot when they meet Chile, whose loss to the North Koreans ended their hopes of progressing. Determined to bow put on a high note, the South Americans will nevertheless have to make do without defensive cornerstone Nicole Cornejo, who is suspended.
Over in Group B meanwhile, Germany and Korea Republic are unlikely to take many risks when they meet in Arima. The two sides are safely through and with bigger challenges lying ahead, both coaches are expected to give their reserve players a run-out.
Trinidad and Tobago 2010 has been a chastening experience for section also-rans South Africa and Mexico. Still pointless after a brace of heavy defeats, the Bantwana and Las Aztecas will be hoping to depart the Caribbean nation with a spring in their step.
13 - The number of goals that Mexico and South Africa have each conceded in their two games to date, more than any other teams in the competition. Both have suffered at the hands of Germany, conceding nine and ten goals to Ralf Peter’s charges respectively.
What they said
“The team is growing with every game and that was our aim here. I’m very satisfied with the effort the girls are putting in. They’ll be giving their all again in Sunday’s fixture, trying to get that ticket to the quarter-finals. We’ll be out to play our best and I’m confident that will be enough to take us through. More than anything else we want to do it for the fans who’ve supported us in these games. Let’s hope they keep urging us on,” Even Pellerud, Trinidad and Tobago coach.
The fixtures (all local time)
Mexico-South Africa (Ato Boldon Stadium) - 15.00
Korea Republic-Germany (Larry Gomes Stadium) - 15.00
Korea DPR-Trinidad and Tobago (Ato Boldon Stadium) - 18.00
Chile-Nigeria (Larry Gomes Stadium) - 18.00