US seek retribution, Norway a reprise
© Foto-net

Who would have thought it? After the first round of matches of Group G, the USA find themselves looking up at New Zealand. On Saturday, they have the chance to turn the table around and restore their pride, but it will not be easy against a Japan team who found their stride in the second half against New Zealand. And how will the Kiwis cope against an in-form Norway?

The games
USA-Japan, Saturday 9 August, 17:00 (local time)
New Zealand-Norway, Saturday 9 August, 19:45 (local time)

The context
USA-Japan
Both the USA and Japan had first halves to forget on Wednesday night. Pia Sundhage's side succumbed to two early goals against Norway, while at the interval the Nadeshiko were 1-0 down to Kirsty Yallop's close range strike. Both teams had encouraging second half performances and will be looking to build on these come Saturday.

New Zealand-Norway
The Football Ferns achieved the unexpected by drawing with Japan, ranked tenth in the FIFA Women's World Ranking, yet they are adamant that they can still raise their level of performance. They will have to be at their best to contend with a Norway side that looked slick, sharp and superb against the States.

The player to watch: Aya Miyama (JPN)
Japan's No8 was at the heart of her team's best moves against New Zealand and coach Norio Sasaki will be looking to her to supply the same firepower against USA. The 23-year-old is just as dangerous from open play as she is from set pieces, and could cause a US defence, which looked vulnerable at times against Norway, further headaches.

The numbers game
20 -
If the US team needed to find solace in statistics, then this is one for them. In 20 head-to-heads with Japan, they remain unbeaten. They have 17 wins and three draws to their name - and all of those draws came in friendly matches. They last met in a FIFA event at the 2004 Olympics, where USA triumphed 2-1.

The quotes
"We are not going to dwell on the negatives, we are going to examine the positives," USA coach Pia Sundhage.

"We need to show more of our mental strength against teams like Norway," New Zealand coach John Herdman.

The question
Will the USA bounce back against Japan?