On day four of the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Germany, a number of teams will be desperate to secure their first victories following difficult starts. Reigning champions USA were frustrated in their opener against newcomers Ghana and are now hoping to make amends in their second Group D match against Switzerland.
The Swiss themselves began the tournament in disappointing fashion, going down 4-0 to a rampant Korea Republic, and another defeat against the Americans would surely send Yannick Schwery's side packing after the first round.
The stats would seem to favour the Stars and Stripes too. Although the two teams have never met at a FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, the USA have won ten of their 11 matches against European opposition at the tournament. Indeed, Germany are the only nation who have managed to overcome them, in the semi-finals of Thailand 2004.
The big match
Ghana–Korea Republic, Dresden, Saturday 17 July, 15:00 (local time)
Ghana caused the biggest shock of the opening day by holding defending champions USA to a draw. Although the Black Princesses will have taken confidence from a game which they could easily have won, the tournament debutants will need to be on high alert if they are to keep a lethal Korea Republic front line at bay.
Ji So-Yun almost single-handedly destroyed the Swiss defence in the first round of fixtures, completing an impressive hat-trick either side of a Lee Hyun-Young strike to cap a memorable victory for the Asians.
Tomorrow brings the first ever meeting between the two sides in women's football, while Ghana become the first African nation to face Korea Republic at a FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup. The match promises plenty of excitement and goals, as both pride themselves on an attractive, attacking brand of football.
The other matches
In Group C, England and Mexico contest a rare international fixture. The last time the two countries met was a friendly involving the senior sides in 2005, when the Three Lions ran out comfortable 5-0 winners.
Fans of the UEFA U-19 European Championship winners would be right to expect goals from Saturday's match. In five previous FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup fixtures against European opposition, Las Aztecas have always conceded at least two goals.
However, Roberto Medina's girls have also proved they can find the target at the other end, netting three in their opening match against Japan, but also conceding the same amount to draw the fixture. England also had to settle for a share of the spoils from their first game as they were pegged back in a 1-1 draw with Nigeria.
In Group C's other match, Nigeria take on Japan in a repeat of their group stage clash at Canada 2002. Eight years ago, goals from Akiko Sudo and Akudi Iwuagwu made for a 1-1 draw, while two years later at the Women's Olympic Football tournament of 2004, the Africans emerged 1-0 victors. In their respective Germany 2010 openers, both sides picked up a solitary point and will now be keen to notch all three to take an important step towards the knockout stages.
We were forced to learn the hard way against South Korea but at a World Cup like this you expect the world’s top teams to be present. It is an honour for our players to be here and they don’t have anything to lose," Yannick Schwery, Switzerland coach.
"The first match helped our players get confident and strong and that is good preparation for the next match. Ghana have a lot of very tough players and we are excited about facing them," Choi In Cheul, Korea Republic coach.
"I told the team after our first game that they can still control their own destiny and all the players are excited to get out on the field," Jill Ellis, USA coach.
"All our players are fit and in their best form. As for Ji So-Yun we will take care of her," James Dadzie, Ghana coach.