New Zealand eye first World Cup knockouts, injury blows for Norway and Germany

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New Zealand eye first World Cup knockouts, injury blows for Norway and Germany

Co-hosts New Zealand have the opportunity to achieve a historic first at the Women’s World Cup, regardless of the outcome of their final group game against Switzerland. Since the tournament’s inception in 1991, the hosts have always advanced to the knockout stages, and a victory in this match would secure New Zealand’s qualification. This would also mark the first time in six attempts that they have reached the knockouts. However, with only three points separating table toppers Switzerland and bottom side Norway, all four teams still have a chance to qualify for the last 16. If New Zealand draws, tie-breaking criteria may come into play depending on Norway’s result against the Philippines. A loss would result in the elimination of the New Zealand team. Unfortunately, Norway will be without injured striker Ada Hegerberg, who failed to recover in time from a groin injury. Germany and Colombia are currently leading Group H with three points each, and their upcoming clash will have implications for the European side’s quest for a third title. Germany has suffered a setback with the loss of a third defender due to injury. Full back Felicitas Rauch joins Giulia Gwinn and Carolin Simon on the sidelines. However, coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg remains confident that other players will step up to fill the void. Colombia also faced a scare when teenage striker Linda Caicedo collapsed during training. However, coach Nelson Abadia reassured that the 18-year-old is fine and the incident was merely a result of fatigue and stress from participating in her first World Cup.

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