Baku (Azerbaijan) – After two group matches each, all teams participating in the FIFA Under 17 Women World Cup in Azerbaijan will observe two rest days on Thursday and Friday.
The matches will resume on Saturday with two games each in Groups A and B, when the Flamingoes of Nigeria will play their last group game against Colombia at Bayil stadium in Baku.
The other two teams in Group A will play their last group matches at Dalga Arena in Baku.
Similarly, Group B matches slated for Saturday will feature the U.S. taking on People’s Republic of Korea while Gambia tackles France at Bayil and Dalga, respectively.
Groups C and D second round matches were played on Wednesday with Brazil defeating Mexico 1–0 and Japan pounded New Zealand 3–0.
The Black Maidens of Ghana had a 5–0 easy ride over Uruguay, while China held Germany to a 1–1 draw.
Nigeria tops Group A with 4 points beating Canada to second place on goal aggregates. Third is Colombia with 3 points while host Azerbaijan without a win or a draw.
In Group B, Peoples Republic of Korea tops the table with 4 points, U.S. has 4 points also, France has 2 points and Gambia, a new entrant into the U-17 Women World Cup has no point yet.
Atop of group C is Japan, the 2010 silver medalist having 6 full points from their two straight wins. Mexico and Brazil have 3 points each while New Zealand has no point yet.
China and Germany are at the top of Group D with 4 points each.
Ghana, with a 5–0 win over Uruguay, has 3 points and Uruguay has none yet.
If Japan defeats Mexico in the last Group C game on Sunday, they will join the league of teams to have won all their group matches in the history of FIFA U-17 Women World Cup since inception.
The others are Nigeria, Germany and Spain in previous editions. (NAN)