PNG out to challenge Turkey
Turkey enter Group A's concluding match against Papua New Guinea on Wednesday seeking to build on their opening 4-2 victory over Iran, knowing that a point will seal their place in the semi-finals as group winners. Despite losing to Iran by a solitary-goal, Papua New Guinea are looking for a win to progress at the expense of the west Asians on goal difference. In the day’s other game, Equatorial Guinea and Chile cross swords aiming to finish as Group B winners.
Although a place at the last four should be within their grasp, Turkey are not underestimating Papua New Guinea as the islanders, despite their opening loss, have proved to be a well-organised side under the guidance of their experienced coach Michael Robinson. Therefore, it is understandable that coach Hamdi Aslan’s charges have set their sights on nothing fewer than three points, as forward Feride Serin told FIFA.com, “We have showed what we are capable of and we will continue our good form to win the match.”
Should they maintain the cut and thrust they showed against Iran, Turkey will be a dangerous side. Nevertheless, they will have to be wary of PNG skipper Rumona Morris.
Equatorial Guinea are among the tournament favourites after their strong showing in their opening 3-1 triumph over Trinidad and Tobago and despite the calibre of Chile, the Africans will strive to finish as group winners with the advantage of avoiding the winners of Group A in the semi-finals. A draw will seal their place at the section’s summit top but coach Jean Paul Mpile has urged his side to play even better. “After our qualification for the next stage, we head into the match without pressure,” he told FIFA.com, “So we’ll focus on playing good football-and also winning the match.” One of the best-organised sides in the competition, Chile will count on their positional play and counter-attack to take their opponents by surprise.
9: Both Chile and Equatorial Guinea will rely on the goalscoring flair of their respective No9s. Melisa Rodriguez netted the only goal against Trinidad and Tobago while Felicidad Avomo bagged a brace against the same opponents.
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All Chile players hail from Chilean top-flight sides such as Everton, Colo-Colo, Palestino, Santiago Morning and Universidad de Chile, with the latter the largest provider with five players.
“I wasted a couple of good chances against Trinidad and Tobago so I am really looking to make up for it in the next game by breaking my tournament duck and helping my side to win,” Chile captain Montserrat Grau.