Oceania champions New Zealand and African qualifiers Burkina Faso meet in the second Group D matchday in Enugu with both teams desperate to claim three points to build momentum. New Zealand surprised many onlookers in their 1-1 opening draw against Costa Rica but will be keen to push for victory ahead of their final group match against European big guns Turkey. Burkina Faso lost their opener to the Turks but the only difference on the scoreboard was a goal conceded in the opening minutes before the inexperienced Burkinabe had time to settle.
Burkina Faso impressed with their fluency in midfield for periods of the match against Turkey but lacked the final ball in the attacking third. If Rainer Willfeld's men can solve that facet of their game they will cause the New Zealand backline all sorts of headaches. The Africans high-energy game had the Turks out on their feet by the final whistle, and with an afternoon kick-off the final period of the match could prove crucial. New Zealand welcome back Jack Hobson-McVeigh with the midfielder, who was suspended for the opening match, proving an influential figure during the qualifying campaign. With plenty of tall timber in the line-up Steve Cain's charges will be looking to make more of their dead-ball opportunities in this match than they did against Costa Rica. With a draw and loss from their respective opening matches, this is a fixture that neither side can afford to lose.
28 - The number of matches that New Zealand have played in FIFA men's competition. The Kiwis have notched just one win though that breakthrough result was achieved at U-17 level back in 1999, albeit on home soil. The Young All Whites could have snatched all three points against Costa Rica but will now focus on achieving their first tournament victory on foreign ground against the Burkinabe.
"We intend to win, we have to, that is the nature of the tournament. Physically it was a very diffcult game for us (against Costa Rica), because in the second half we had to chase the game a lot. As far as the next game goes, it is a very different challenge, it is an African team in Africa with an earlier kick-off, so we have to worry about the heat and the fact that the opposition are more familiar with the conditions." Steve Cain, New Zealand
"Both teams played a very high level for a youth team and there was a high speed throughout. If we had only two days to recover it would be difficult but it is the same situation for every team. If you play a tournament then the recovery is the same for both sides and I think recovery will not be a problem for us." Rainer Willfeld, Burkina Faso coach