Chile, EQG meet in golden re-match
Tuesday’s final in the Girls’ Youth Olympic Football Tournament will capture attention from across the globe as Chile and Equatorial Guinea meet again for the ultimate prize at Singapore 2010. The South Americans, 4-1 losers in the previous meeting between the two sides, enters this contest with double motivation - to win the gold and seek revenge. The Africans, the only team to have stayed perfect in the girls’ competition, however, will be confident of rounding off their campaign with an unblemished record.
Having met in a group game, Turkey and Iran resume rivalry in the third-place play-off. With a bronze medal at stake, both teams will have to put the disappointment of a semi-final loss out of their minds.
Match of the Day
Chile-Equatorial Guinea, Jalan Besar Stadium, Tuesday 24 August, 20.45 (local time)
With eleven goals scored in their three victories, Equatorial Guinea are indeed the undisputed favourites to win the tournament. While there is individual talent across Jean Paul Mpile’s squad, the team’s hopes largely depend on their gifted attacking duo, Felicidad Avomo and Judit Ndong. The former has netted five times to top the tournament scoring chart while the latter, with three goals to her name, is as adept at goalscoring as she is being the provider. Having completed a brace against Chile, Ndong is confident her side can emulate that group match triumph. “We don’t see this Chile team as different from the side we defeated in the group meeting,” she told FIFA.com. “So we will continue to play as we did last time.”
Having won a hard-fought semi-final clash against Turkey, with only a last-ditch effort by Maria Navarrete taking them through, Chile have shown they boast the stamina and willpower to compete against any team. Midfield dynamo Romina Orellana is quietly confident her team have the cohesion to overcome the Africans. “After three games the communication within the team is great as well, as we have showed on the pitch,” the Chile No14 told FIFA.com. “Individually Equatorial Guinea are strong, but we can counter them through our slick passing and teamwork.”
The other game
Turkey-Iran, Jalan Besar Stadium, Tuesday 24 August, 18.00 (local time)
Despite their respective semi-final losses, Turkey and Iran will leave nothing in the dressing room in an effort to win their latest meeting. For the two neighbouring nations, it is a match which means more than just three points or a bronze medal, with both teams seeking to win the game as a catalyst for long-term development. For Iran coach Shahrzad Mozafar, victory over Turkey will be a fitting end to her team's international debut. “Winning the last game will attract further attention and support for the girls’ game,” she said. “And this will bring about changes to our sporting life.”
An own goal and two late strikes by Turkey late in the second half saw Iran throw away a 2-1 lead to lose 4-2 in their last meeting but Mozafar told FIFA.com that is a mistake which will not be repeated. “From the past games we have gained experiences and learned how to defend tightly,” she continued. “We hope we can put in our best performance against Turkey.”
8: The number of goals Felicidad Avomo and Judit Ndong have racked up so far, which account for just over a quarter of the total number scored by all teams - 31.
Did you know?
Equatorial Guinea coach Jean Paul Mpile was a school physical education teacher before he took over the national U-15 side a few months ago.
“As the only team from Africa in the girls’ competition, we thought it our responsibilities to do the continent and country proud.” Jean Paul Mpile, Equatorial Guinea coach