Seven with all to play for

With two wins in two games and top spot in Group E secured, Brazil are the only side breathing easy on the final day of the group phase at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™. The remaining seven teams in action are all still in with a chance of joining the Brazilians in the Round of 16, with a third-place finish in either section offering a potential route through.

Match of the day * Mexico-France, Ottawa, 16.00 local time* France made an impressive start against England only to then trip up against Colombia in their second match, leaving them with a make-or-break meeting with Mexico, a game that will decide if they can press on with their bid to improve on the fourth place they achieved at Germany 2011.

The other matches Group F leaders Colombia head into their game against England on a high after that defeat of the French, their very first women’s world finals win. Las Cafeteras have spent their time since then working on tactics and finishing, and are contemplating a tight battle against Mark Sampson’s side, who are in a similarly buoyant mood after disposing of Mexico.

Spain will need to rediscover their scoring touch against Korea Republic if they are to advance from Group E. La Roja have looked solid so far at Canada 2015 but have been profligate in front of goal, leaving them with just one point to show for their efforts. Disappointed to concede a late equaliser to Costa Rica in their last outing, the South Koreans have been doing their homework on Veronica Boquete and Natalia Pablo, identified by coach Yoon Dukyeo as Spain’s chief goal threats.

Having seen his side make relatively serene progress to the last 16, Brazil coach Vadao will be resting his most leg-weary players for their final group assignment, not that opponents Costa Rica will find things much easier against the Verdeamarela second string. Las Ticas have been rewarded for their hunger, organisation and hard running with a brace of draws that have taken them to second place in Group E, a privileged position they are determined to cling on to.

Player to watch France have become reliant on Louisa Necib’s powerful presence in midfield. A ball player and accomplished dribbler, Necib can unpick the tightest defences and also has much to offer at set-pieces with her cultured right foot, a reliable source of ammunition for Les Bleues’ forwards. Those attributes, combined with her vision and intuition, will be crucial to French hopes of making the last 16.

The stat 3 - The number of players in Leonardo Cuellar’s 23-strong Mexico squad who play in the country’s league championship. Eleven of the remaining 20 ply their trade in the USA, three are based in Europe (in Finland and Spain) and the other six are unattached.

The words “We’ve got one bullet left and we’re going to use it. The Korea match is our World Cup final,” Veronica Boquete, Spain forward.

Match schedule* * Group E Costa Rica-Brazil (Moncton Stadium, Moncton, 20.00) Korea Republic-Spain (Lansdowne Stadium, Ottawa, 19.00)

Group F  Mexico-France (Lansdowne Stadium, Ottawa, 16.00) England-Colombia (Olympic Stadium, Montreal, 16.00)

All times local