Day 10, Match 24
Australia vs. Norway, Group D
Date and Location
July 6, BayArena, Leverkusen, Germany
Live on Rogers Sportsnet ONE and CBCSports.ca (11:45 am ET). Consult the full broadcast schedule.
What's at stake
With three points apiece, Australia and Norway will meet in a winner-take all showdown Wednesday in Leverkusen.
Brazil (six points) is already through to the next round, and with a match against Equatorial Guinea (already eliminated) looming, chances are very good the South Americans will finish first in Group D.
Both Australia and Norway are currently tied for second with three points, but Australia has the tiebreaker by virtue of a better goal differential (0 compared to -2). As a result, Australia will qualify as the second-place team if it defeats or ties Norway.
Norway, on the other hand, needs a win in order to move ahead of Australia for second place and claim a quarter-final berth - a draw does the Norwegians no good.
The runner-up in Group D faces the Group C winner in the quarter-finals. The winner of Group D meets the second-place team in Group C.
The other Group D game
Brazil closes out the first round against Equatorial Guinea in Frankfurt on July 6 (Rogers Sportsnet, CBCSports.ca, 11:45 am ET).
While the Africans (pointless) have already been eliminated, Brazil (six points) has already qualified for the knockout stage. The South Americans can clinch first place ion Group D if it defeats or ties Equatorial Guinea, or if the Australia-Norway match ends in a draw.
Player to watch for Australia
Lisa De Vanna — Australia's super-sub and spark plug forward showed great fire in a 3-2 win over Equatorial Guinea. Look for her to use her power and strength to cause problems for Norway's defenders.
Player to watch for Norway
Emilie Haavi — She came to Norway's rescue by scoring a late goal in a 1-0 win over Equatorial Guinea. In a must-win game like this, Norway needs their star forward to find the back of the net again.
The Australian perspective
"We've got a great team, over and above the 11 starters, so we'll make a few changes for the Norway game. There may be three or four new faces to give us that bit of extra freshness," coach Tom Sermanni told FIFA.com.
The Norwegian perspective
"Australia have a very good team. It'll be an extremely tough game. We'll have to work really hard in attack and move the ball around a lot. But I still think that, despite everything, we can take some positive lessons from the match against Brazil. We're confident we can qualify for the quarter-finals," coach Eli Landsem told FIFA.com.
World Cup head-to-head
These teams have met four times at senior level, with Norway going undefeated (three wins and a draw). Australia and Norway battled to a 1-1 draw in the first round of the 2007 World Cup in China.