When Chile and Austria play off for third place on Sunday 22
July 2007 in Toronto, it will be a rematch of one of the
tournament's group games.
Austria - Chile, 22 July 2007, 12.15 pm (Toronto)
After coming out second best in their respective semi-finals, the two teams will be looking to finish the tournament on a high by securing third place. Chile were one of the favourites for the title, while Austria have vastly overachieved in reaching the last four.
Chile coach Jose Sulantay will have to make a few changes to his starting eleven, with Dagoberto Currimilla and Gary Medel both suspennded after being sent off in the previous match (Currimilla for two yellows, Medel for a straight red). Austrian coach Paul Gludovatz will have a full complement to choose from except for Thomas Panny, who has already returned home with a broken fibula.
The two teams met in the group stages, also in Toronto, with the match ending in a goalless draw thanks in large part to the respective goalkeepers. Chile's number one Cristopher Toselli set a new U-20 tournament record, not letting in a goal for 492 consecutive minutes.
"Chile are one of the best teams at this World Cup. We're going to have to try to cut out their long passing game, not let them play their football and just show what we ourselves are capable of. Chile are a better side than Brazil, and not just based on this past month. They were the best team at the South American tournament." Paul Gludovatz, Austria coach
"What is really motivating us is securing third place. When we left Chile, not many people back home thought that we'd get very far at the World Cup. Our aim was to finish in the top four, and we've achieved that. Now we want to finish third." Nicolas Medina, Chile striker