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06/17/2015 17:58 EDT | Updated 06/17/2016 01:12 EDT

Canada to face Switzerland next in round of 16 at Women's World Cup

TORONTO - Canada will meet Switzerland in the round of 16 at the Women's World Cup.A tournament official confirmed the matchup Wednesday, the last day of pool play at the 24-country tournament.As Group A winner, Canada meets the third-place finisher from Group C, D, or E on Sunday at B.C. Place Stadium.That makes for 15 permutations but with the Netherlands, in Group A, and Switzerland, in Group C, guaranteed to be two of the four third-place finishers moving on, that reduces the number of permutations to six.And in every one of those cases, Canada faces Switzerland.The Swiss (1-2-0) are ranked 19th in the world, compared to No. 8 for Canada (1-0-2).The Canadian women have played Switzerland four times, with three victories and one draw. Their last meeting was a 2-0 Canada win at the 2013 Cyprus Cup.It's Switzerland's first trip to the World Cup. Coach Martina Voss-Teckleburg's team lost 1-0 to Japan and 2-1 to Cameroon but thumped Ecuador 10-1.The Canada-Switzerland winner will meet England or Norway in the quarter-finals.The Dutch (four points, zero goal differential) and Swiss (three points, plus-seven) are guaranteed of going through because their numbers are better than the third-place finishers in Group B (Thailand, three points, minus-seven) and Group D (Sweden, three points, zero).The top four third-place finishers from the six groups advance to the round 16, along with the group winners and runners-up.The 2015 tournament, expanded to 24 teams from 16, marks only the second time that Canada has advanced out of the group stage in six tries.The only other time was in 2003 when Canada finished fourth after losing 2-1 to Sweden in the semifinals and 3-1 to the U.S. in the third-place game.