Hosts' backs against the wall
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It is always heartening to see a host nation performing well, but New Zealand will need to step up a gear and hope for a little more luck against Denmark in Auckland if they are to avoid elimination. Canada will be keen to increase their early lead in the same group, while in Group B, Ghana are aiming to put the brakes on the German juggernaut in Christchurch before Costa Rica take on the Asian champions at the same venue later in the day. previews the fourth matchday at New Zealand 2008. 

Match of the day
New Zealand-Denmark, Auckland, 1 November, 16.00 (local time)

Defeat at the hands of Canada in their opener was not part of the plan for Paul Temple's New Zealand side, who were widely tipped to become the first New Zealand team to survive the first round at a FIFA event. They will need at least a draw against Denmark to remain in the competition, and Bent Eriksen's side will not need to be told how dangerous a thwarted host nation can be.

The Danes were the only European side not to win impressively in the opening round of matches, and they will surely be keen to grab a share of the limelight currently enjoyed by their continental colleagues. Eriksen's side did, however, come to life in the second half of their 1-1 draw with Colombia and their coach Bent Eriksen will be looking for more of the same in his charges' second game at North Harbour Stadium. 

Other matches
The other Group A match pits Canada, who spoiled the hosts' party in the tournament opener, against South American champions Colombia. The Cafeteritas, their nation's first-ever representatives at a FIFA women's event, were hardly overawed in their opening match against Denmark and the confident Canadians will assuredly not have things all their own way in Auckland.   

Down in Christchurch, the high-flying Germans meet African opposition in the shape of Ghana, who performed better than expected against Korea DPR in their group opener. The Germans will be a different proposition, however; after firing five goals past Costa Rica, Ralf Peter's European champions have swiftly been tagged as the team to beat at New Zealand 2008. 

Also in Christchurch, Korea DPR will take on Costa Rica, who endured a tough introduction indeed against the Germans. And now, for the young Tricolores, a clash with the Asian champions to follow their encounter with the European kingpins.

The stat
- the number of goals scored by the four European entrants at New Zealand 2008 in their opening matches. The girls from the old continent are certainly proving up for the battle on the other side of the globe. 

What they said
"Our destiny is in our own hands. We've shown that when we get our key players on the ball we can trouble even the best teams. The nerves are out of the way and we're looking forward to playing in front of another passionate crowd," Paul Temple, New Zealand coach.

All the fixtures
Colombia-Canada (13.00)
New Zealand-Denmark (16.00)

Ghana-Germany (13.00)
Costa Rica-Korea DPR (16.00)