Day 5, Match 10
Germany vs. Nigeria, Group A
Date and Location
June 30, Commerzbank-Arena, Frankfurt, Germany
Live on Rogers Sportsnet and CBCSports.ca (2:30 pm ET). Consult the full broadcast schedule.
What's at stake
Both countries have a lot to play for, especially the Nigerians, who could be eliminated with a loss. At the very least, the Africans need to take a point in order to keep alive their hopes of moving on to the quarter-finals. Germany could wrap up a spot in the knockout stage if Canada loses earlier in the day. Regardless of what happens in the Canada-France match, a victory would put the Germans firmly in the driver's seat in Group A.
Setting the stage
It's down to business for the World Cup holders. After enjoying the limelight in Berlin, the hosts have travelled to Frankfurt for what appears to be their easiest game of the group stages.
A glance at the record books makes ominous reading for the African champions. Over the last 20 years, Germany has a perfect 6-0-0 record against Nigeria, which includes victories at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics.
The Germans will enjoy the majority of possession and will expect to turn territorial advantage into goals at regular intervals. The Super Falcons' best hope is to use their pace to catch Germany on the break. Chances will be few so accurate finishing will be essential.
Player to watch for Germany
Kerstin Garefrekes — The German midfielder not only opened the scoring in a 2-1 win over Canada, but she effectively used her size and strength to cause plenty of problems for the Canadian defenders. Look for her to build on her command performance against the Nigerians.
Player to watch for Nigeria
Perpetua Nkwocha — One of the greatest African players in the history of the women's game, Nkwocha is an experienced striker with a proven track record of scoring goals. After being kept off the score sheet by France, Nkwocha needs to find the back of the net against the Germans.
The German perspective
"I think we'll see a very different Germany against Nigeria. We'll impose our authority on the match from the start until the end, and that'll give us a good chance of the three points," Germany defender Saskia Bartusiak told FIFA.com.
The Nigerian perspective
"We certainly have a chance of making the World Cup Final, and maybe even winning it," Nigeria goalkeeper Precious Dede told FIFA.com.
World Cup head-to-head
Germany hammered Nigeria 4-0 in the group stage of the 1991 World Cup in China.