Three eyeing place in quarters

There is still all to play for in Group F, where Germany, Brazil and Korea DPR all have a realistic chance of making the quarter-finals, but nothing less than a miracle will see Nigeria progress. Tactical considerations may start entering the equation, though, as the 'reward' for whoever tops the table is likely to be a quarter-final draw to the reigning Olympic champions the USA - a prospect nobody will be relishing.

The games
Nigeria-Brazil, Tuesday 12 August, Beijing, 17:00
Korea DPR-Germany, Tuesday 12 August, Tianjin, 17:00

The context
Despite strong performances against Germany and Korea DPR in their first two games, Nigeria are currently propping up the table with neither a point nor a goal to their name. The latter is due in no small part to some poor finishing, which was particularly evident against Germany. Brazil already have one foot in the quarter-finals but will still be looking for all three points to make that a certainty on Tuesday.

Korea DPR-Germany 
Reigning world champions Germany have struggled to find their feet in the tournament's early stages. Birgit Prinz and Co. found no way past the Brazilian defence in their opening game and had to be content with a 0-0 draw. Only a superb performance from German keeper Nadine Angerer against Nigeria allowed the Europeans to come away from their second game with three points. Hot on the heels of the Brazil and Germany and still very much in the running are Korea DPR. Though currently a point behind the top two, a win over Germany would see them leapfrog the Mannschaft and guaranteed a spot in the last eight.

The player to watch: Nadine Angerer (GER)
After Nadine Angerer went through FIFA Women's World Cup China 2007 without letting a single goal in, coach Silvia Neid claimed that "such a feat will never be repeated again". But who knows, perhaps she spoke too soon. The 29-year-old German has yet to concede a goal so far in the tournament and will be hoping that history repeats itself in the far east. One thing's for sure: against the pacy and dangerous Koreans, she will definitely have her hands full.

The numbers game
60 - The game against Korea DPR will be the 60th match Germany have played at FIFA tournaments. Only the USA have participated in more - 67. The first game was at the FIFA Women's World Cup China 1991, where they beat Nigeria 4-1. Germany have played a total of 28 games at FIFA Women's World Cups, 16 matches at Women's Olympic Football tournaments and a further 16 games at FIFA U-20 World Cups.

The quotes
"You can't choose your opponents at Olympic Games. The most important thing for us is to qualify for the next round. If we end up topping the table, that's great, but second place would be fine too. Against Nigeria, we'll have to improve." Brazil coach Jorge Barcellos.

"We went behind early against Brazil and lost our shape on the pitch but we still have another game to go." Korea DPR coach Kim Pong Il.

The question
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