FIFA Women's World Cup: Norway - Ivory Coast - Norwegians gunning for goals in final group game
Ada Herlovsen is denied in the opening game against Thailand, but can she add to her tally of two for the tournament against Ivory Coast?

Norway face Ivory Coast on Monday as Group B of the FIFA Women's World Cup concludes, with the possibility of topping the group close to becoming a reality.

Form guide

Norway are unbeaten after their two games in the World Cup, thanks to an opening victory over Thailand and a draw against Germany.

They saw off Thailand 4-0 with a dominant display, thanks to goals from captain Trine Ronning, Ada Hegerberg and a brace from Isabell Herlovsen. A late penalty could have made it five, but Marenn Mjelde's weak effort was saved.

Germany presented a much tougher test, but Norway came away with a pleasing 1-1 draw thanks to a second free kick in as many games. It was Mjelde this time, making up for her penalty miss against Thailand, who expertly curled the ball ,into the top corner. This levelled the game, after Anja Mittag had put the Germans ahead early on.

Things haven't gone nearly as well for Ivory Coast, who lie bottom of the group having lost both of their fixtures.

They were humbled 10-0 by Germany in their first game, as they fell apart defensively, conceding five goals in each half. Poor defending wasn't their only worry though, as they missed good chances from counter attacks.

Ivory Coast's second game was an improvement as they conceded seven less goals and scored two, but still lost 3-2 to Thailand. Ange Nguessan and Josee Nahi got the goals, but couldn't prevent a loss.


Team Played Points GD
Germany 2 4 10
Norway 2 4 4
Thailand 2 3 -3
Ivory Coast 2 0 -11

With one game left, it is all to play for. The top two automatically qualify for the last 16, with the four best 'third placed' teams also progressing. This is what happens, under different conditions based on results from Germany - Thailand and Norway - Ivory Coast.

Norway win and Germany win: Both progress, with Norway needing to win by a margin of at least 6 more goals than Germany to top the group.

Norway win and Germany draw: Norway top the group ahead of Germany.

Norway draw and Germany win or draw: Germany top the group ahead of Norway.

Norway and Germany lose: Thailand overtake Germany and Norway, who are likely to qualify in second and third.

Norway draw and Germany lose: Thailand go top, ahead of Norway in second and Germany in third.

Norway win and Germany lose: Norway go top, ahead of Thailand in second.

Norway lose and Germany win: Germany top the group ahead of Norway, and Ivory Coast could leapfrog Thailand into third.

Key battles

If Solveig Gulbrandsen returns to the Norway line up, she'll be in charge of keeping Ivory Coast goalscorer Nahi quiet. Gulbrandsen was guilty of a poor performance in the win over Thailand, and gave the ball away a number of times. It will be interesting if she can keep her cool, if coach Even Pellerud puts her pack in the lineup.

At the other end, it could end up being Herlovsen and Hegerburg - the Ivorian defence. Norway's striking pair have shown great chemistry so far and will be out for more goals as they come up against arguably their weakest opponents so far.