THE DAY REPLAYED - The Kiwis defied all expectations by snatching a late, late equaliser against Turkey to progress to the Round of 16 as one of the four best third-placed sides, the first time they have gone so far in a FIFA competition. Despite the dropped points the Turks still topped Group D ahead of Burkina Faso, who put four past Costa Rica, their highest ever tally in 16 matches at FIFA competitions.
Over in Enugu Iran sprang something of a surprise when they disposed of the Netherlands to run out winners of Group C, a landmark achievement in the history of Iranian football. In doing so the Asia representatives left the Oranje in a delicate position. With three points to their name and a goal difference of -1, exactly the same record as Brazil in Group B, the European runners-up now have to wait and see if they can squeeze through from third place. Finishing second in the section were Colombia, who left it late before pinching a draw against Gambia.
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Goal of the day
New Zealand 1-1 Turkey, Jack Hobson-McVeigh 90'
Making a little room for himself about 30 yards out, the Birkenhead United midfielder sized up his options before propelling the Kiwis into the last 16 with a spectacular right-footed drive that flew into the top right-hand corner of Omer Kahveci's goal. The substitute keeper had only been on the pitch for a few seconds and had yet to even touch the ball.
Brought in to replace Ousman Darboe for Gambia's final outing against Colombia, Baby Scorpions goalkeeper Baka Ceesay endured a traumatic end to the game. After conceding a penalty in the closing minutes, with the Gambians leading 2-1, the gloveman thought he had saved the day when he kept out Gustavo Cuellar's spot-kick. The referee ordered a retake, however, with Cuellar making no mistake the second time. Bursting into tears at the final whistle, the inconsolable Ceesay refused to leave the field despite the best efforts of his sympathetic team-mates.
The Iranians pulled off a major shock to top Group C. Barely believing what he and his team-mates had achieved, Milad Gharibi, who scored the only goal against the Dutch in his first appearance in the tournament, held his head in his hands at the final whistle, while team captain Ali Goudarzi celebrated by jumping for joy. Their ecstasy was understandable. Never before have Iran progressed beyond the group phase at a FIFA competition.
Zidane and the kid
Burkina Faso showed their star quality when the aptly named Zidane Zoungrana slotted their first goal of the evening against Costa Rica. Also on the scoresheet for the surprising Burkinabe was 14-year-old Bertrand Traore, the youngest player at the tournament.
A good Engin
Turkey's slick passing game has much to do with their impressive No10 and captain Engin Bekdemir. The PSV Eindhoven player is the linchpin of the side, distributing the ball to his team-mates with real elan and taking the chance to get forward whenever he can. The fans in Calabar know good football when they see it and rightly applauded Bekdemir and his cohorts for their attacking enterprise.
0 - The number of goals conceded by the Iranians in their three group matches, a feat that no Asian side has ever achieved before at the FIFA U-17 World Cup.