Moment of truth as group stage closes
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The final day of Group action from the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Trinidad and Tobago 2010 sees a finely balanced Group D pit Brazil against Canada and Republic of Ireland against Ghana. All four teams are tangled on points and a win would be enough to take any of the team through to the quarter-finals.

Over in Group C, Spain are in good shape to book their place in the last eight, but are still not technically qualified on six points from their first two matches. A draw against Venezuela would be enough to see them through to the knockout rounds while New Zealand will take on Japan, who came to life in their last match with a 6-0 hiding of La Vinotinto.

Match of the day
Brazil-Canada, Manny Ramjohn Stadium, 19.00
The Brazilians arrived in Trinidad and Tobago as heavy favourites, finishing top in the South American qualifying campaign with an astounding 40 goals to their name. The Canadians, for their part, knocked out the fancied United States in their CONCACAF preliminaries and were expected to be contenders in an exceedingly tricky Group D. Brazil, led by the impressive Glaucia, slipped up on their second matchday and were defeated 1-0 by Ghana in a less than inspiring performance. The Canadians too were edged by the Irish last time out and both continental champions now face the prospect of elimination and missing the knockout stages.

The other matches
The remaining contest in Group D will pit Ghana against Ireland and, like the other section meeting, a win would be enough for passage to the quarter-finals. The Africans will be riding a wave of confidence after Alice Danso’s lone goal was enough to force a win over fancied Brazil on Thursday. The Irish, for their part, are riding a wave of momentum and the long-range shooting of Siobhan Killeen, who scored the winner against Canada last time out.

Group C will also draw to a close on Monday with Spain, on six points from two games, taking on Venezuela, who have struggled since opening with an historic win against New Zealand, losing 6-0 to Japan last time out. New Zealand are technically still alive with zero points, but they will need a victory against Japan – on three – in their last game and other results to go their way if they are to stand a chance of moving on.

The stat
3 – the number of points each of the four teams in Group D have heading into the final matchday of the section. It’s a matter of win and go through for Brazil, the lively Irish, sturdy Canada and African upstarts Ghana. On the other side of the coin, a loss means a ticket home while draws would make the outlook a complicated math problem.

What they said
“We have every chance in our last game against Spain. Everything is possible and we are not out until the final whistle blows. We are proud of representing our country and we will give everything w have. We are confident about our chances and I think we can go through.” Ysaura Viso, Venezuela’s top striker

The fixtures (all local time)
Japan-New Zealand (Dwight Yorke Stadium) – 16.00
Venezuela-Spain (Manny Ramjohn Stadium) – 16.00
Ghana-Republic of Ireland (Dwight Yorke Stadium) – 19.00
Brazil-Canada (Manny Ramjohn Stadium) – 19.00