FIFA U-17 World Cup: All You Need To Know About New Zealand vs Turkey match

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New Zealand goes one on one against Turkey in their first group stage match of the FIFA u-17 World Cup 2017 taking place in India.

Date: 6th October
Venue: DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai.
Timings: 12:30AM[7th October(New Zealand Time)], 2:30PM(Turkish Time), 5:00PM(Local Time)
Telecast: For more TV related information go to the link

Team News:

New Zealand: The 2017 OFC u-17 Championship winners who are playing the u-17 world cup for the 8th time will go one on one against Turkey this Friday in the Group B opening game at Navi Mumbai. 2 years ago in Chile they made it to the Round of 16, above which they have never reached in their career.

Coach Danny Hay says that to achieve that milestone their team will have to give their best. Being in a tough group which contains last year finalists Mali and Paraguay, this match will be an important match for them for their qualification to the next round.

With the likes of attacking midfielder Oliver Whyte and Forward skipper Max Mata, New Zealand have a good attack and midfield but only their defense will be a thing to worry. Their poor defending ability was exposed in their friendly matches against Brazil and England which ended 1:2 and 2:3 respectively and this is a thing Danny Hay needs to take care of.

Turkey: Turkey on the other hand has an array strong players in their side. The 2 times European champions reached the semi final of this competition 12 years ago in Peru where they suffered a narrow defeat in the hands of Brazil. The match ended 3:4 in favour of Brazil. After that they also lost 1:2 against Netherlands in the third placed match.

Four years later they reached the quarterfinals where they lost to Colombia on penalties. The team which reached the UEFA U 17 Championships semi finals this year looks confident as they get their world cup campaign underway. Turkey coach Mehmet Hacioglu recently said that the teams in their group have better physical strength.

“Realistically, the other three teams (in the Group) have more physical advantages. But we have lot of talented players and we can change this disadvantage into an advantage,” the Turkey head coach added.

Last 5 Matches:

New Zealand: WWWLL
Turkey: LWWWL

Head To Head:

These two teams have gone head to head only once which ended in a 1:1 draw.