Group G goes to the wire
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Although Norway have already qualified for the quarter-finals, Japan, New Zealand and USA each have a chance of reaching the last eight. It promises to be an enthralling final matchday. Japan must beat the Scandinavians who are yet to concede a goal in the tournament, while the USA must not lose against the Kiwis.

The games
Norway-Japan, Tuesday 12 August, Shanghai, 19:45 (local time)
USA-New Zealand, Tuesday 12 August, Shenyang, 19:45 (local time)

The context
All Norway's goals in this tournament so far have come in the opening ten minutes, so Japan must maintain their defensive solidity and concentration in the early stages of this match. But expect a team with Homare Sawa and Aya Miyama to create - it just remains to be seen whether their strikers can take their opportunities.

USA-New Zealand
Without influential pairing Kristine Lilly and Abby Wambach, the US have not looked their usual selves at this tournament. They will be coming up against a New Zealand side whose will to win this match has been well documented. With highly-rated coach John Herdman providing good preparation and organisation and an ever-growing self-belief, anything is possible.

The player to watch: Jenny Bindon (NZL)
Born in Shiloh Valley, USA, the New Zealand No1 will have to have one of the games of her life if the Football Ferns are to make the last eight. Bindon has been on form in this tournament so far, and must carry that through to the final group game in Shenyang. Her experience in marshalling the back four will also be key to Kiwi success.

The numbers game
6 -
Norway's 1-0 win over New Zealand was their sixth success in a row. The Norwegians won four matches in 2000 (including the Gold Medal match) and another two in this competition. They failed to qualify for the Athens 2004 tournament.

The quotes
"It's simple, we must not lose," USA coach Pia Sundhage.

"Norway have very good individual players with good technical ability, experience and confidence, but I still think we can get a result," Japan coach Norio Sasaki.

The question
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