Brazil set to test Sweden

Only Sweden of the four debutant nations at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Germany managed to win their opening fixture and they will be hoping to build on the success of their 2-1 victory over New Zealand when they face Brazil in Group B. Korea DPR will also try and maintain their winning start in the section while in Group A, Germany will seek to underline the good impression they made in their first game.

The big game
Brazil-Sweden, Bielefeld, Friday 16 July, 15.00 (local time).
It is surprising that Sweden have not been to a FIFA Women's youth tournament before given their high ranking in the senior game. However they made up for lost time on Tuesday, coming from behind to defeat the Junior Football Ferns with a couple of eye-catching goals from Antonia Goransson.

Now they take on Brazil who are smarting from their defeat to North Korea. As Canarinhas have a tradition of doing well in this event and reached the last four in 2002, 2004 and again two years later. In 2008 they departed at the quarter-final stage so they will be looking to regain their best form again after a stuttering start.

The other games
Germany got their own tournament up and running in some style as they put four goals past Costa Rica in Bochum in what proved to be a carbon copy of the opening fixture at the 2006 FIFA World Cup™. They now play Colombia who battled back after going behind to France early on to snatch a draw in their first-ever game in the tournament. Both Group A fixtures are a first for the respective teams – never before having faced their opponent at any level of the women's game.

Costa Rica, another debutant, have to get something out of their match with France otherwise they will be homeward bound. At least they had the consolation three days ago of having broken the German defence in scoring their goals in the 4-2 defeat.

North Korea, runners-up at Chile 2008, just edged out Brazil in Bielefeld on Tuesday thanks to Ho Un-Byol’s 70th minute winner and their game with New Zealand provides the opportunity to make it six points out of six.

The stat
40 –
This is Sweden’s 40th fixture in FIFA women’s events. They have contested 23 matches in the FIFA Women’s World Cup, 15 at the Olympics and two at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, including this one.

The words
"We need these three points and we have to do everything to get them. Everybody has to be at their best," Tony Readings, New Zealand coach.

"I am very satisfied, that we started with three points, but we have to win more matches. I guess for the audience the game will be a beautiful one," Calle Barrling, Sweden coach.

"If Brazil enters the pitch you can expect a football spectacle. But this time we need a little bit of fortune," Marcos Gaspar, Brazil coach.

"All the teams in the group are very good and New Zealand are playing at a good level as well. We really need to concentrate to win the match," Choe Kwang Sok, Korea DPR coach.

Matches on Friday 16 July 2010
BrazilSweden (15.00)
Korea DPR-New Zealand (18.00)

Costa Rica-France(15.00)
GermanyColombia (18.00)