In their last game, Norway came within just seven minutes of
booking their place in the quarter-finals. Had it not been for Lisa
De Vanna's leveller in the 1-1 draw with Australia, this final
Group C encounter would have been a mere formality for the
Scandinavians. Instead, despite looking well placed to qualify,
Bjarne Berntsen's girls must stay focused for another 90
minutes because their already-eliminated opponents Ghana will be
out to leave China on a high.
This match was initially scheduled for Shanghai on Wednesday but the onset of Typhoon Wipha prompted the decision by FIFA to reschedule it for 24 hours later in Hangzhou.
While Ghana are already out, Norway will go through to the quarter-finals if they win or draw. Even a defeat would not prove fatal to their chances provided Australia beat Canada in the section's other match.
The two sides have never met before.
Of the four halves we have played, I have been very satisfied with two of them: the second against Canada and the first against Australia. We were very clear that we had a tough group and we are very pleased to be in the position we are going into the last game. We have enjoyed it here in Hangzhou, we have been here since 1 September, and if we finish top of the group we hope that we'll be able to come back in the semi-finals - Bjarne Berntsen, Norway coach
My team is inexperienced, they are too young, but the ball is round, there are 11 on each side and each team has an equal chance. We will go in with confidence - Isaac Paha, Ghana coach