World Cup Daily: Group A Reaches Conclusion With Norway On The Brink

Will Ada Hegerberg be heading home?
18:00, 29 Jul 2023

We've got a jam-packed Sunday of action to look forward to at the Women’s World Cup as Group A reaches its finale. Can hosts New Zealand make it through or will they fall at the final hurdle?

South Korea v Morocco

Where: Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide

When: 5.30am (BST)/ 2.30pm (ACST)

TV: BBC Two, BBC iPlayer

Referee: Edina Alves (Brazil)

South Korea’s last result: Colombia 2-0 South Korea

Morocco’s last result: Germany 6-0 Morocco

Morocco were handed an absolute pasting on their Women’s World Cup debut as Germany stuck six past them. That will have no doubt dented their confidence, but they have now faced the strongest team in this group. Meanwhile, South Korea had higher hopes coming into the tournament but were well beaten by Colombia, meaning they now have to win this game and win it well to give themselves a good chance of qualification. 

Betfred odds: South Korea 3/5, Draw 5/2, Morocco 4/1

Sportsman stat: South Korea have won only one of their previous 11 FIFA Women’s World Cup matches (D1 L9).

Norway v Philippines

Where: Eden Park, Auckland

When: 8am (BST)/ 7pm (NZST)

TV:  BBC iPlayer

Referee: Marie-Soleil Beaudoin (Canada)

Norway’s last result: Norway 0-0 Switzerland

Philippines' last result: New Zealand 0-1 Philippines

A group that was blown wide open by the Philippines as they beat hosts New Zealand reaches its conclusion on Sunday morning. Norway have been the disappointments of the tournament so far and it remains to be seen whether Ada Hegerberg will play in this match for a nation that has picked up just one point from two matches so far. They need a win to stand any chance of qualifying, while the Philippines know that another three points will take them through against all the odds. 

Betfred odds: Norway 1/12, Draw 13/2, Philippines 18/1

Sportsman stat: The Philippines scored their first ever World Cup goal last time out, while Norway could face two consecutive group stage exits, having gone out at this stage in Euro 2022.

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New Zealand v Switzerland

Where: Dunedin Stadium, Dunedin

When: 8am (BST)/ 7pm (NZST)


Referee: Tori Penso (USA)

New Zealand’s last result: New Zealand 0-1 Philippines

Switzerland’s last result: Norway 0-0 Switzerland

New Zealand know what they have to do. A win here likely takes them through as group winners, but it certainly puts them into the knockout stage. They have to bounce back. After an opening day win that sparked utter joy, they were nervous against the Philippines and paid the price with a costly defeat. Now they must return to form against Switzerland, a team which held a misfiring Norway to a 0-0 draw having beaten the Philippines in their opening match. It’s all to play for, and the World Cup will be far brighter if the hosts make it through. 

Betfred odds: New Zealand 13/5, Draw 2/1, Switzerland 21/20

Sportsman stat: Every single host nation of a Women’s World Cup has made it out of the group stage. 

Germany v Colombia

Where: Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney

When: 10.30am (BST)/ 7.30pm (AEST)


Referee: Melissa Borjas (Honduras)

Germany’s last result: Germany 6-0 Morocco

Colombia’s last result: Colombia 2-0 South Korea

Strangely, Germany and Colombia will play their second matches after the conclusion of Group A. Two winners from matchday one meet and Germany will be hoping to add to the six goals they smashed past Morocco in what was the performance of the tournament so far. Meanwhile, Colombia will be desperate to get out of the groups for only the second time. 

Betfred odds: Germany 1/5, Draw 9/2, Colombia 10/1

Sportsman stat: Colombia have scored in every game they’ve played since September 2022.

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