When two people quarrel, a third rejoices. This old saying could well prove accurate on the final day of Group A and B fixtures at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup 2010 on Tuesday. The situation in both groups is almost identical, with the top two sides from each going head to head, and respective third-placed teams Colombia and Brazil hoping results go their way to stand a chance of securing a quarter-final spot.
Though Germany (six points) have already booked their place in the last eight, the hosts have plenty of motivation to beat second-placed France (four) with first place at stake. A German victory would give Colombia (one) the chance to overtake Les Bleuettes, provided they beat Costa Rica (zero) by a significant enough margin.
In Group B, already-qualified Korea DPR (six) and closest chasers Sweden (four) meet in Augsburg. A Scandinavian defeat would leave the door open for third-placed Brazil (one) to snatch second spot by beating bottom side New Zealand (zero).
Propelled by a vibrant home crowd, Maren Meinert's charges have notched seven goals and six points from their opening two matches. The Germans will be hoping to take that momentum into their final group fixture against France, but will certainly need to show more stability at the back. Goalkeeper Almuth Schulth has already had to pick the ball out of the net on three occasions, and Tuesday's opponents demonstrated their goalscoring capabilities in a 2-0 victory against Costa Rica secured by Marina Makanza's brace. Les Bleuettes require at least a point to secure their place in the next round.
The other games
While the two European neighbours battle it out in Augsburg, Colombia will be doing their best to crown their excellent performances at the tournament so far with a victory against Costa Rica in Dresden. The Latin American showdown pits together two strong sides who boast a wealth of individual talent: Colombia's Lady Andrade is aiming to inspire her team to a crucial victory, while Costa Rica's Katherine Alvarado hopes to bid farewell to Germany 2010 on a positive note.
Russia 2006 champions Korea DPR will be aiming to maintain their 100 per cent record as they take on Sweden in Augsburg. The Asians are on course to top the Group B table, but their astute tactics and quick passing will be put to the test by a passionate and determined Scandinavian outfit. A point for Sweden would see them into the knockout stages in their first-ever appearance at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup.
Meanwhile in Dresden, Marcos Gaspar's Brazil knows his side must pick up their first win of the competition against New Zealand to stand any chance of maintaining their title dreams. The Kiwis' group-stage exit has already been confirmed, but no doubt the All Whites will be keen to bow out of the tournament with a good result against As Canarinhas.
8 - The number of goals scored in the last meeting between Germany and France at a FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup. It was the match for third place at Chile 2008, in which Maren Meinert's side ran out 5-3 winners.
"We'd be happy to play our quarter-final in Bochum, as we'd rather play in Bielefeld a little later in the competition!" Maren Meinert, Germany coach. If her side win the group, they will return to Bochum for their last-eight tie. If they finish second, they will play in Bielefeld, where the final will also be staged.