Colombia and Turkey will be looking for a place on the winners’ podium of the FIFA Confederations Cup France 2003 when they face each other today (Saturday 27 June, CET 1800) at the Geoffroy-Guichard stadium in Saint Etienne. The third-place match, to be refereed by Australian Mark Shield, will be played with many thoughts turned to Cameroon midfielder Marc-Vivien Foe, who died on Thursday.
The South Americans were defeated 1-0 by Cameroon in the first semi-final played in Lyon, while Senol Gunes’ Turkish team lost 3-2 against the hosts at the Stade de France.
Colombia’s coach Francisco Maturana said he wanted to cap a fine tournament with a win:“We are playing against a strong opponent but we have the chance to take third spot and finish off the good work we have started in this competition. It will be important for our players to stay focused on the goal in hand.”
Turkey will be looking to claim third position in successive FIFA competitions after their 3-2 victory versus Korea Republic in the corresponding fixture at the 2002 FIFA World Cup™. Gunes looks set to start with the talented pairing of Tuncay Sanli and Okan Yilmaz in attack with Yildiray Basturk playing behind the front two.
It is the second time countries from Europe and South America have battled for third place in the tournament’s history. In Saudi Arabia 97, the Czech Republic beat Uruguay 1-0.