U.S., Sweden fight for 1st place in Group C
Old World Cup rivals renew acquaintanceship
Day 10, Match 21
Sweden vs. United States, Group C
Date and Location
July 6, Volkswagen Arena, Wolfsburg, Germany
Live on Rogers Sportsnet and CBCSports.ca (2:30 pm ET). Consult the full broadcast schedule.
What's at stake
With six points each, the United States and Sweden have already wrapped up quarter-final berths. All that is left to decide is first place in Group C.
The U.S. currently has the tiebreaker by virtue of a better goal differential (+ 5 to +2), which means the Americans can clinch first place with a win or a draw against the Swedes.
The only was Sweden can win Group C is with a victory over the U.S.
The winner of Group C meets the second-place team in Group D in the quarter-finals. The runner-up in Group C faces the Group D winner.
The other Group C game
North Korea and Colombia (both already eliminated after losing their first two games) meet on July 6 in Bochum (Rogers Sportsnet, CBCSports.ca, 2:30 pm ET).
Player to watch for Sweden
Jessica Landstrom — The lanky forward was named the player of the match in Sweden's 1-0 win over Colombia after carving out a number of chances and scoring the winner from close range in the 57th minute.
Player to watch for United States
Abby Wambach — The star American forward has had a bunch of scoring chances, but has yet to find the back of the net. A goal against the Swedes would get her back on track.
World Cup head-to-head
These teams have met 25 times at senior level, with the U.S. dominating the series (16 wins, six draws and three losses). Three of the Americans' victories came at the World Cup — in 1991, 2003 and 2007, all in the group stage.