Paraguay look for 3rd win against Turkey, Mali to take on NZ
Navi Mumbai: Assured of a pre-quarterfinal spot, Paraguay's unbeaten team would aim to end its group B engagements on a perfect note when it takes on a struggling Turkey in the FIFA Under-17 World Cup on Thursday.
After defeating Mali 3-2 and New Zealand 4-2, the South American team, one of the favourites to lift the title, will be looking to dominate Turkey.
Paraguay have displayed an attacking game in both the games, with their strikers and in-form players Anibal Voga and Leonardo Sanchez, netting the ball at all the right times.
Their coach Gustavo Morinigo would expect that his boys are not over-enthusiastic and defend well.
The South American team has been unstoppable and with their berth confirmed in the next round, they would be eager to finish the league engagements on a high.
Turkey, on the other hand, will be looking to register their first win and keep their slim chances alive in the tournament. After being beaten 3-0 by Mali, Turkey need to regroup themselves but will have a stiff task in hand. Their coach has admitted that the players from opposition teams are physically well-built and in this game, this factor will again play a crucial role.
Meanwhile, African champions Mali will fancy their chances of sealing a knockout berth when they lock horns with New Zealand in their final group game of the FIFA U-17 World Cup in the capital.
Mali will be high on confidence after their 3-0 drubbing of Turkey in their previous Group B game at the D Y Patil Stadium.
The 2015 edition finalist will be up against a spirited New Zealand side whose best performance in its seven outings remains reaching the pre-quater-finals thrice.