Finals records on the line
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The longest sequence of consecutive FIFA Women's World Cup matches without a win could come to an end when the remaining eight teams begin their attempts to lift the crown in China. FIFA.com rounds up the statistics behind the games.

Group C: Ghana v Australia
In the group opener in Hangzhou, Australia will be seeking an end to the longest run of consecutive FIFA Women's World Cup matches without a win - nine. In their three previous appearances the Matildas have lost seven and drawn two. They also failed to keep a single clean sheet in those matches, although China and Japan went one match more without recording a shut-out between 1991 and 1999.

Australia have not struggled at the other end of the field - scoring in each of their last eight matches. The best-ever sequence, 15, was set by Norway between 1991 and 1999 although Sweden now threaten that mark with a current run of 14.

Ghana's four points (one win, one draw) in the FIFA Women's World Cup have all come against Australia. They met in both their two previous tournaments, 1999 and 2003, and the Africans' overall record in the competition shows four defeats in their six games. Three players in Ghana's present squad also featured in 1999 and 2003: Lidya Ankrah, Adjoa Bayor and Gladis Enti, although the latter was an unused substitute in all six games.

Norway v Canada
In both their previous meetings at the FIFA Women's World Cup, Norway have scored seven goals against Canada - 7-0 in 1995 and 7-1 in 1999. Moreover, they are unbeaten in the sides' eight encounters overall (seven wins and one draw). Canada have lost all six matches in the competition against European opponents while a total of 53 goals has been scored in all Canada's games (F18 A35). Twenty of these goals (37.7 per cent) were scored in the last 15 minutes.

Canada are currently on a run of nine consecutive FIFA Women's World Cup matches in which they have scored. Sweden (14) are the closest to threatening Norway's record of 15 although Germany (10) and Australia (8) will also be looking to keep their runs going.

Canada's Even Pellerud is the coach with most matches in FIFA Women's World Cup history (18). This is his fourth tournament having coached Norway in 1991 and 1995 as well as Canada in 2003 and has never failed to reach the last four, masterminding Norway's title success in 1995.

Group D: New Zealand v Brazil
In the group opener in Wuhan, Brazil will be trying to extend their 100 per cent record in opening FIFA Women's World Cup matches - four wins in four. New Zealand have never won a match in a FIFA women's competition and their three games played previously in the FIFA Women's World Cup, in 1991, all resulted in defeat.

The only previous head-to-head between New Zealand and Brazil was at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in 2006 when they drew 0-0. In that match the coaches were John Herdman and Jorge Barcellos, both now in charge of the senior teams.

China v Denmark
Every host nation has won their inaugural match against European opposition at the FIFA Women's World Cup. In 1991 China beat Norway 4-0, while USA defeated Denmark 3-0 in 1999 and Sweden 3-1 in 2003. In 1995 Sweden also won their first encounter with fellow Europeans, 3-2 against Germany. That was the only game in the history of the competition in which the winning team has come back from two goals down.

The teams have already met 11 times: China lead with seven wins to Denmark's one. China coach Marika Domanski-Lyfors has never led a team to victory in their opening match of a FIFA competition. She was Sweden's coach at the FIFA Women's World Cups in 1999 and 2003 and at the Women's Olympic Football Tournaments in 2000 and 2004.

Denmark will be anxious to stop a run of six consecutive FIFA Women's World Cup defeats, a record for the competition. Their last win came in the first group match of the 1995 event when they beat Australia 5-0. The Danes' only other win in FIFA Women's World Cup history was also an opening group match - in 1991 they beat New Zealand 3-0 in Guangzhou.

Along with Japan, China hold the record for consecutive matches conceding a goal - ten from 1991 to 1999, in both cases. However since 1999 China have improved their defensive organisation significantly and hold the best sequence (four matches between 1999 and 2003, or a total of 442 minutes) for not conceding.