After tasting defeat in their first games at China 2007, Canada
and Ghana will be looking to revive their prospects in Group C when
they face each other in Hangzhou on Saturday. The Canucks go into
the game as slight favourites following their narrow 2-1 loss to
Norway in a match where they held the half-time advantage. Ghana
may have had fewer positives to draw from their 4-1 loss to
Australia but this Group C fixture is of equal significance to both
teams given defeat for either could confirm their early exit from
the FIFA Women's World Cup.
Canada-Ghana, Hangzhou, Saturday 15 September, 17:00 (local time)
The mathematics are straightforward. For the winners, the dream of reaching the quarter-finals will remain alive, while the losers will find themselves either eliminated - in the event of Australia and Norway drawining in the group's other match - or, at very best, hanging on by their fingertips.
With no injuries or suspensions to worry about, both coaches have a full set of players to choose from.
The teams have only met only once before, in a friendly in 2003 which finished 1-1.
Canada's Amy Walsh celebrated her 30th birthday on 13 September.
I wouldn't count out Ghana, not at all. People will look at that result against Australia and think the worst about them but they are such an unpredictable team and I wouldn't bet against them being on fire against us. I hope not, but they'll certainly feel they have a point to prove after losing by that score. We'll need to play well to win - Kara Lang, Canada striker
I think all is not lost for us. We lost our first match but we had a lot of possession, and we also created enough chances to win. It was a very harsh scoreline on us but we had failings at both ends of the pitch. In defence, the girls cannot afford to lose concentration as easily as they did against the Australians. That was our downfall. They will also need to perform better at defending high balls, particularly against a side like Canada - Fred Crentsil, Ghana's head of women's football