Turkey can qualify for the knockout stages of the FIFA U-17 World Cup Nigeria 2009 with victory over Costa Rica on the second day of Group D action in Enugu. Conversely Costa Rica's qualification dreams will take a major hit if they fail to claim at least a point after they drew their opener against Oceania representatives New Zealand. Whatever the result, the contest between these two tactically opposed squads is bound to be full of flavour for the local fans to savour.
The match promises to be absorbing battle of football styles and tactics with the highly organised Europeans facing the natural flair of the Central Americans. Turkey made significant progress on the flanks in their opener against Burkina Faso and will again look for some forward drive from the likes of Enes Baykan. The European side will be relieved to be playing in an evening kick-off after the high humidity of Sunday's opener against their African opponents.
Costa Rica coach Juan Diego Samuel faces the task of reinvigorating his players after the disappointment of being held to a draw by New Zealand. The Ticos already have three players walking the yellow-card tightrope, including midfield cog Yeltsin Tejede, so they will need to tread lightly in Enugu on Wednesday.
3 - The number of minutes it took Turkey captain and main strike-weapon Muhammet Demir to open the scoring against a flat-footed Burkina Faso. Costa Rica will have to guard against the striking capabilities of Demir who secured seven goals in qualifying to finish top scorer in Europe.
"We have to forget our first match and we have to be ready for the second game. The next match is very important because if we win we can qualify from the group stage. This is our primary objective and we will do our all to make it happen. " Abdullah Ercan, Turkey coach
"Our team is a talented one and after our first game we need to talk to the players to see where we can improve, but I think we can improve on this our result and reach the knockout stage. I am happy with the way we played in certain areas in the first game, and we now just need to build on that. " Juan Diego Samuel, Costa Rica coach