- Only Germany from Group D in quarter-finals so far
- Exciting three-way battle in Group C awaits fans on Monday
- Haiti keen to finish their France 2018 campaign on a high
MATCHDAY PREVIEW - Four places in the next round are up for grabs – and only one has been claimed so far. With Germany the only team to have qualified for the quarter-finals ahead of the last day of matches in Groups C and D at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup France 2018, and only Haiti no longer able to progress, the battle for the last three spots in the last eight is wide open.
Spain are in the strongest position in Group C, with six points to their name. A draw against USA will be enough for Pedro Lopez’s side to move on to the next round. The same is true for Nigeria in Group D. While the Africans’ superior goal difference means they only have to avoid defeat to China PR to start planning for the quarter-finals, their opponents will definitely want to have a say in the matter.
What you need to know
1. Number crunching: The teams in Group C are locked in a fascinating three-way battle to see who can reach the next round. If USA and Japan win their games, they will draw level with Spain on six points. At that point, the final standings will be determined by the following criteria: 1.) Goal difference; 2.) Goals scored; 3.) Number of points from matches played between the teams on equal points; 4.) Goal difference resulting from the group matches between the teams concerned; 5.) Number of goals scored in games between the teams on equal points; 6.) Number of Fair Play points; and 7.) Drawing of lots.
2. Can eight become nine?: One statistic relating to the final round of group matches will give Germany further encouragement. The three-time champions have won seven of their last eight such games at this stage of the competition, having shared the points with Canada in Thailand back in 2004. Germany have scored 28 goals in these games, while conceding just seven. Time will tell whether they can extend this positive run in France against U-20 Women’s World Cup debutants Haiti, who are determined to end their campaign on a high note.
3. Impressive Haiti: Despite failing to secure a place in the knockout stages, newcomers Haiti have made their mark on the competition – and not just thanks to their terrific supporters. Coach Marc Collat’s team have made life difficult for their opponents and came close to making a bigger breakthrough on several occasions. Their performance is all the more remarkable when you consider that Montpellier’s Nerilia Mondesir is the only player in the squad currently under contract at a club. The Caribbean nation also have three youngsters in their ranks aged just 14, with Dougenie Joseph becoming the youngest player ever to start a match at a U-20 Women’s World Cup.