Day 9, Match 17
France vs. Germany, Group A
Date and Location
July 5, Borussia-Park, Monchengladbach, Germany
Live on Rogers Sportsnet and CBCSports.ca (2:30 pm ET). Consult the full broadcast schedule.
What's at stake
Both teams have already qualified for the quarter-finals but there is the small matter of deciding first place in Group A. By virtue of its superior goal difference (+5 versus +2), the French currently sit in first, even though both nations are tied with six points. What this means is that France can finish atop the group with a draw on Tuesday. The only way the Germans can claim the group is with a victory.
The winner of Group A meets the second-place team in Group B in the quarter-finals. The runner-up in Group A faces the Group B winner.
The other Group A game
While Germany and France vie for first place in Group A, Canada and Nigeria will play for pride when they meet in Dresden on July 5 (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 2:30 pm ET).
Both countries are pointless and have already been eliminated after losing their first two matches of the group stage. Canada is coming off a humiliating 4-0 loss to France, and the team's early exit is a bitter pill to swallow for a group of players and a coaching staff that had great expectations ahead of this tournament.
While meaningless in terms of the standings, Tuesday's match is important for both teams, as a victory would allow either one of them to leave Germany with their heads up a bit higher.
Player to watch for France
Louisa Necib — The French playmaker has been sublime, brilliantly orchestrating the attack with her deft touch, on-field vision and effective passing skills.
Player to watch for Germany
Kerstin Garefrekes — The powerful midfielder scored one goal and set up another in Germany's 2-1 win over Canada, as is a real menace to deal with for opposing defenders.
The French perspective
"Germany are number one in the world, but we can beat them in a one-off match," midfielder Camille Abily told FIFA.com
The German perspective
"The game against France is very special for me [her mother is French], but I definitely won't have any sympathy at all if we take the three points on Tuesday" Germany forward Celia Okoyino da Mbabi, told FIFA.com.
World Cup head-to-head
They've never met at the World Cup, but they have face off against each other nine times in international play at senior level, with the Germans winning seven times and the French twice. Most recently, the Germans thrashed the French 5-1 in 2009, but France has won two of the last four meetings.