All four teams from Group D stand a mathematical chance of going through to the last eight of the FIFA U-17 World Championship Peru 2005 heading into the final round of matches.
A 2-0 defeat against the Netherlands coupled with a high-scoring win for Brazil against Qatar would leave them in serious trouble of elimination, though a draw with Holland would be enough to see Gambia through.
Their coach Fred Osam Duodo has been at pains to stress he is not looking as far ahead as the quarter-finals and will instead focus on the difficult job of containing the Netherlands. "I have said many times that I have not yet decided how to cross that particular bridge. We might walk over it or we might fly over it, but once we get into the medal zone, then I will talk about how we will plan to win the cup."
Star striker Momodou Ceesay seemed to lose pace in the second half of the 3:1 defeat of Qatar, though he expects to be firing on all cylinders again. He said: "Against Holland we will just feel the same as we did for the first and second matches. We have absolutely nothing to be nervous about."
Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has spoken to every player by telephone to offer his best wishes and congratulations for their performances so far.
Meanwhile, Netherlands coach Ruud Kaiser feels he has an awful lot of work to do in Lima and he may be without Erik Pieters and Marvin Emnes, who have stomach upsets and Geert-Arend Roorda, who has a knee problem.
Kaiser said: "We knew before we came here that this was not going to be an easy group. Three teams could finish the last round of games with six points and then we are down to goal difference, so I hope Qatar does their job against Brazil. At this moment though, I think Gambia and Brazil are the favourites to go through.
"Of course we will try to beat Gambia, but this will not be easy because everybody has seen how strong they are in their two matches. My boys were very tired after their tough match against Brazil and we need to get our confidence back. In the end though, you know everything is possible in football."
Netherlands goalkeeper Tim Krul is the tallest player in the Dutch squad and even he was forced to admit: "Gambia are a very big team, but I still think we can beat them. Everyone in our team is very sharp and we'll be going for it. I think we will go through."
Qatar v Brazil (Trujillo, kick-off 18:15 local time)
Brazil coach Nelson Rodridgues rejects any notion that his team stand the best chance of reaching the quarter-finals with Gambia, principally at the expense of the Netherlands. He said: "Nothing is easy in this 'Group of Death'… all the teams are very good."
Rodrigues also denied making a switch in his tactics at Peru 2005, despite seeing Brazil enjoy greater success in their 2:1 win against the Netherlands thanks to Anderson swinging in numerous difficult crosses from the right. He said: "That is not the way we play generally, that was just what happened as a result of the demands of that particular game. We found more space down the flanks against Holland, but that is not what we usually do."
Expect Brazil to revert to their more customary free-flowing pass and move style against Qatar, though they will do well to restrict the pace of Yusef Ali and Khalfan al Khalfan on the counter-attack.
Qatar have a slim mathematical chance of staying in the tournament, but their Dutch-born coach Tini Ruijs said: "I think the campaign is finished for us. We have had fantastic support from the public in Peru and we will try to do our best to beat Brazil. That's our duty and we will play very hard for the honour of our country and so that we can please the fans again. We want to finish this tournament in a good way.
"Our players are used to playing in front of very small crowds, sometimes just 50 people. For them to play in front of 23,000 fans, as they did in the first two games, well that made about half of my team far too nervous.
"We haven't reached our usual level yet and I hope that will be possible now. Pressure makes the legs tired quickly and that was especially the case against Gambia in the first 10 minutes. We lacked confidence and played too many long balls. Now I think the pressure is off us and perhaps we can now finally start to play our normal game."
Ruijs has a number of players nursing injuries and he will be without the services of Khalid al Sulaiti, who is suspended following his red card against Gambia.