After first day slip-ups, Denmark and New Zealand will be feeling the pressure when they square off on Saturday. And whoever comes off second best in Wuhan will almost certainly be packing their bags for the trip home.
The future certainly looks gloomier for the Football Ferns than the Scandinavians. John Herdman's side had the misfortune to come up against a Brazilian whirlwind on their China 2007 debut and were swept aside 5-0. The Danes also came away empty-handed from their first outing, but not before producing a stirring comeback against the hosts. Ultimately undone, however, by an imperious late strike from Xiaoli Song that gave the Chinese a 3-2 win, and faced with the prospect of playing the mighty Brazil in their final game, Kenneth Heiner-Moller's side know that only a win will do against the Kiwis.
Both teams are free of injury and suspension worries and Heiner-Moller and opposite number Herdman have full squads to choose from.
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We know that Denmark are a very well-organised side who move the ball around well and work hard up front. They will be tough opponents for sure, but we'll doing everything we can to get something out of this game. To stay in the tournament we simply have to win and that means we'll be more attack-minded than in our first game - John Herdman, New Zealand coach
The result aside, we played a great game against China and our confidence is still intact. Brazil are the favourites to win the group so we'll have to fight right to the end against them. We can take the first step against New Zealand, though - Kenneth Heiner-Moller, Denmark coach