On Thursday 23 August, Trinidad and Tobago meet Colombia at
the Cheonan Sports Complex on Matchday Two in Group F at the FIFA
U-17 World Cup Korea 2007. Colombia were 3-1 down to Germany at one
stage in their opening match, but staged a remarkable comeback to
snatch a point. Trinidad fell 4-1 against Ghana, but the underdogs
turned in a courageous display and will be determined to rectify
that result in their next match.
Trinidad and Tobago vs. Colombia, Cheonan, Thursday 23 August, 20:00 (local time)
Trinidad and Tobago suffered a setback in their first match at the tournament, as a courageous display by the young Soca Warriors was not enough to prevent a clear-cut defeat against favourites Ghana. In their second match, the team are determined to make more of their chances, as they require at least a point to prevent their dream of a place in the Round of 16 crumbling to dust at an early stage. Colombia's first outing offered plenty of clues as to why they were many experts' outside bet for the title ahead of the tournament. The South Americans trailed Germany 3-1 in the second half but staged a stirring late rally to salvage a draw. Three points from the meeting with the islanders would see the Colombians well on course for the last sixteen.
Trinidad and Tobago pick from a full squad and will field a first-choice line-up. Colombia's Raul Asprilla is receiving treatment for a knock in training and is rated doubtful.
Trinidad and Tobago and Colombia meet for the first time at a FIFA youth tournament. The nations' senior teams have crossed swords on a total of three occasions, with two wins for the South Americans and one for the Soca Warriors.
"It'll be a very interesting game. Colombia play typical South American football. They have big lads up front who are very strong in the air, and they're always trying to find them with long balls. That's where we have to be particularly on our guard." Anton Corneal, Trinidad and Tobago coach
"Trinidad and Tobago are tough opponents. We watched them against Ghana. They have a number of tall players and they're full of running. Both teams urgently need points towards a place in the next round." Eduardo Lara, Colombia coach