Spotlight on island nation showdown

After Iceland and Korea Republic confirmed their semi-final berths at the Boys’ Youth Olympic Football Tournament Nanjing 2014, four teams will battle for the two remaining places on Matchday 3. In particular, the fixture between island nations Vanuatu and Cape Verde promises to be a tense spectacle.

The matches
Peru - Honduras,Jiangning Sports Centre Stadium, Thursday 21 August, 18:00 (local time)

Thanks to Peru’s 2-1 victory over Iceland a draw would be enough for the pre-tournament favourites from South America to finish top of Group C, and even a narrow defeat would book their ticket to the last four. Accordingly, the side are optimistic going into their second group game. “My boys are confident and have got a very good attitude,” coach Juan Jose Ore told “If everything goes to plan we can win a medal.” However, the prospect of progressing to the next round is not so bright for Honduras after their disappointing 5-0 opening defeat against Iceland left them needing to win by a large margin to reach the semi-finals. 

Vanuatu - Cape Verde, Jiangning Sports Centre Stadium, Thursday 21 August, 20:45 (local time)
Second place in Group D is on the line in the match between the islands nations from Oceania and Africa, lending extra spice to the encounter. Both suffered heavy losses in their opening games against Korea Republic, but of the two Cape Verde came away with much the better goal difference, meaning a draw would be enough for them to go through. Vanuatu are participating at their second Youth Olympic Tournament, having narrowly missed out on a semi-final spot at Singapore 2010 before going on to beat Zimbabwe in the play-off for fifth place. In order to do better this time around, only victory will do for coach Moise Poida’s charges.

The stat
- In Peru and Honduras, two reigning continental champions in their age category are taking part in Nanjing. The Peruvians lifted their title at the 2013 U-15 South American Championship in Bolivia, while Honduras triumphed at the 2013 CONCACAF U-15 Championship on the Cayman Islands.

The player to watch
Fernando Pacheco (PER)
The Peru captain proved himself to be the true leader of his team in the South Americans’ vital opening victory over Iceland. It was his free-kick that led to Peru taking the lead, and the technically-gifted Sporting Cristal Lima forward was involved in almost all of the side’s more threatening attacks, expertly bringing his team-mates into play.

Did you know?
The state of Vanuatu is made up of more than 80 islands, most of which are of volcanic origin, and they predominantly form part of the New Hebrides archipelago.