Nigeria vs. Denmark
Group A at Jack Kent Cooke Stadium
Time: 4 p.m.
So far in the tournament: Nigeria def. North Korea, 2-1, lost to U.S., 7-1; Denmark lost to U.S., 3-0, lost to North Korea, 3-1.
Data: Fast-paced Nigerians need win and North Korean loss or tie to become first African team ever to advance to quarterfinals. Danes figured to challenge Americans for group title, but nothing has gone right. F Katrina Christensen (broken nose) and F Marlene Kristensen (ankle) are out with injuries.
United States vs. North Korea
Group A in Foxboro, Mass.
Time: 7 p.m.
So far in the tournament: U.S. def. Denmark, 3-0, def. Nigeria, 7-1; N. Korea lost to Nigeria, 2-1, def. Denmark, 3-1.
Data: Americans have clinched quarterfinal berth Thursday at Cooke Stadium, but need tie to avoid possible tiebreaker for first place. MF Michelle Akers likely to get a rest. Surprising Koreans, who are without suspended players Pak Jong Ae and Ri Kum Suk, need win to advance.
Germany vs. Brazil
Group B at Jack Kent Cooke Stadium
Time: 1:30 p.m.
So far in the tournament: Germany tied Italy, 1-1, def. Mexico, 6-0; Brazil def. Mexico, 7-1, def. Italy, 2-0.
Data: With tie or win, dazzling Brazilians clinch first place and likely avoid U.S. in quarterfinals. Tie gets Germans into next round and probable meeting with Americans at Cooke Stadium Thursday. Germany coming off big victory in which it outshot Mexicans 43-2 and got three goals from F Inka Grings.
Italy vs. Mexico
Group B in Foxboro, Mass.
Time: 4:30 p.m.
TV: ESPN2 (tape delay at 12:30 a.m.)
So far in the tournament: Italy tied Germany, 1-1, lost to Brazil, 2-0; Mexico lost to Brazil, 7-1, lost to Germany, 6-0.
Data: Italians will try to run up score against weak Mexicans in attempt to win tiebreaker with Germany. But that will only matter if Germans lose. Problem for Italy has been offense, which has just one goal and had penalty kick stopped by Brazilian goalkeeper Thursday.