Top spot at stake in Suwon
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Suwon Sports Complex is the venue this Sunday for the showdown between first and second in Group E. Leaders Tunisia have already booked their place in the second round with two straight wins and will doubtless be in confident spirits, while Tajikistan will be looking to bounce back from their painful 1-0 defeat to Belgium last time out. Though a point would be enough to see the Asians join the Carthage Eagles in the next round, it is unlikely either team will set out with a draw in mind.

The game
Tunisia - Tajikistan, Suwon, Sunday 26 August, 16:00 (local time)

The stakes
After taking six points from their opening two fixtures, Tunisia need only a draw to be sure of finishing top of the Group - a result that would see them play their Round of 16 tie in the familiar setting of Changwon against the second-placed team from Group D. With their superior goal difference, the North Africans could even afford a narrow defeat and still possibly top their section.

For their part, Tajikistan have it all to do if they are to hold onto second spot in the group. After getting off to a brilliant start with a 4-3 win over the USA, they then lost out to a late Belgium winner and need a victory on Sunday to qualify automatically and not be dependent on the result from Cheonan between fellow Group E sides Belgium and the USA.

The players
Tunisia's Oussama Boughanmi returns after a one-match suspension for a red card in their opening game, and striker Khaled Ayari is fit again after going off with a knock against the USA. Both sides have four players on one yellow cards, while Tunisian defender Meher Jaballah misses the match after picking up his second yellow last time out.

The past
The two countries have never met before at any level. Tunisia's 1-0 win over China PR at the FIFA U-17 World Cup Japan 1993 is their only win against Asian opposition.

The words
"The boys have played well so far and so I'll be sticking with the same side for this match. Any changes I have to make will be minor ones." Maher Kanzari, Tunisiacoach

"Tunisia are a very strong side but we're not going to change our style just for them. Our focus is always to go out there and play to win. If we do that, the results will follow." Pulod Kodirov, Tajikistancoach