Women's World Cup: How things stand

Women's World Cup: How things stand

With one game to go in the group stage, we take a look at the chances of the different FC Barcelona players advancing to the knockout stage

There's just one round of games left in the group stage of the Women's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. Things have generally gone well so far for the Barça players. But while some are either already through or very much on the verge of doing so, others have it all to play for if they are to avoid an early trip home...

Switzerland and Norway: All to play for

Crnogorčević's Switzerland have 4 points from their games with the Philippines and Norway, and a win or a draw against host nation New Zealand would guarantee a place in the knockout stage. The Swiss might even be OK if they lose by a small margin, but they'd be hanging on the result of the other match going their way.

Meanwhile, after losing to New Zealand and drawing with the Swiss, only a win will do for Hansen and Engen's Norway against the Philippines, and even then, they would be relying on goal difference. So they are going to need to find goals against a side that's in a buoyant mood after defeating their Kiwi hosts.

Nigeria: In their own hands

Oshoala's Nigeria drew with Canada and then upset host nation Australia. It leaves them in pole position in Group B, knowing that a draw with Ireland would be enough to qualify. It won't be easy. The Irish might have lost both of their games but have played some impressive football and will be desperate to avoid flying back to Dublin with nothing to show for it. However, even if Ireland win, Nigeria could still qualify if the result of the other match goes their way. 

Spain: Job done

The team with the most Barça players has already qualified after beating both Costa Rica and Zambia. Top spot in the group is still up for grabs though, and that'll be decided by a straight head to head against Japan, with a draw enough for the Spaniards.

England: Almost there

England, featuring Keira Walsh and Lucy Bronze, have won their first two games 1-0 but that's still not enough to mathematically qualify. A draw against China in the final game would be enough to do it, and as group winners. But if they lose, there could potentially be a three-way tie between themselves, China and Denmark, and the team with the weakest goal difference would be on their way home.

Sweden and Italy: One through, one still in contention

Fridolina Rolfö's Sweden are already through to the next stage after crushing Italy 5-0. And with such a strong goal difference, they are likely to be doing so as group winners.

But it's not all over for Dragoni's defeated Italian side either. They beat Argentina in their opening game, and if they can also beat South Africa, then that would be see them safely through. In fact, as long as Argentina don't beat Sweden, a draw would also do the trick.

Brazil: Needing to win

Brazil failed to secure qualification when they lost to France, but they still have every chance of making the last sixteen with a game against bottom side Panama still to come. A win there would ensure Geyse and her team will be staying Down Under for at least one more match. A draw might be enough too, but there's no guarantee.

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