World Cup Daily - Norway Are Fighting To Stay In The World Cup

Norway need to get a result against Switzerland to keep their World Cup hopes alive
18:00, 24 Jul 2023

Hosts New Zealand are looking to build on their impressive opening victory over Norway as they prepare to face the Philippines on Tuesday. Norway will look to bounce back from that defeat when they take on Switzerland, while Colombia face South Korea. Here is all you need to know about Tuesday’s action 

Colombia v South Korea - Group H

Where: Allianz Stadium, Sydney

When: 3am (BST)/ 12pm (AEST)

TV: BBC One, BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport website

Referee: Rebecca Welch (England)

Last meeting: N/A

Colombia’s last five: 2-2 draw with China, 1-1 draw v Panama, 0-2 win v Panama, 2-1 loss v Italy, 5-2 loss v France

Colombia’s World Cup record: Colombia have made it to the World Cup finals on two occasions in the past (2011, 2015). Their best performance was in 2015 when they progressed to the round of 16. Total Games: 7, Won 1, Drawn 2, Lost 4. Win Percentage: 14%

South Korea’s last five: 2-1 win v Haiti, 5-0 win v Zambia, 5-2 win v Zambia, 4-0 win v Chinese Taipei, 1-1 draw v China

South Korea’s World Cup record: South Korea have made it to the World Cup finals three times in the past (2003, 2015, 2019). Their best performance, like Colombia, was back in 2015 where they also reached the round of 16. Total Games: 10, Won 1, Drawn 1, Lost 8. Win Percentage: 10%

These sides have qualified for the knockout stages on one occasion each and they will seek to progress from the group stage this time around. With Germany in their group, the competition for the second qualifying spot will be fierce and these are the matches in which both teams will believe they need to come away with maximum points.

Betfred odds: Colombia 15/8, South Korea 7/5, Draw 15/8

Sportsman stat: Among the teams that have previously taken part in multiple World Cup finals, Colombia are the only one to have never conceded a goal after the 70th minute of a match.

New Zealand v Philippines - Group A 

Where: Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington

When: 6:30am (BST)/ 5:30pm (NZST)


Referee: Katia Itzel Garcia (Mexico)

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Last meeting: New Zealand 2-1 Philippines (Friendly, 2022)

New Zealand’s last result: 1-0 win v Norway

Philippines’ last result: 2-0 loss v Switzerland

Hosts New Zealand will still be flying high from their opening triumph over Norway. Their players gave everything to register such a monumental victory and now they can put themselves in a great position to qualify for the knockout stages with a victory over the Philippines. Following their defeat to Switzerland last time out, the Philippines need to come away with a result against New Zealand to keep their World Cup hopes alive.

Betfred odds: New Zealand 3/10, Philippines 17/2, Draw 10/3

Sportsman stat: World Cup hosts of the past have lost just one of eight games against Asian sides (W5 D2), with Germany going down 1-0 to Japan in the 2011 quarter-finals.

Switzerland v Norway - Group A

Where: FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton

When: 9am (BST)/ 8pm (NZST)


Referee: Stephanie Frappart (France)

Last meeting: Norway 2-1 Switzerland (Friendly, 2017)

Switzerland’s last result: 2-0 win v Philippines

Norway’s last result: 1-0 loss v New Zealand

After losing their opener to New Zealand, Norway will be feeling the pressure ahead of their clash with Switzerland. That defeat leaves their World Cup hopes in doubt and they are facing a team heading into the match off the back of a 2-0 win over the Philippines. The Swiss can get one foot into the knockout stages with a second successive victory so there is much to play for in this one.

Betfred odds: Switzerland 23/10, Norway 11/10, Draw 21/10

Sportsman stat: Only in 2011 (vs Brazil and Australia) have Norway ever lost successive group games at the World Cup, which was also the only year they failed to reach the knockout stages.

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