New Zealand has a tough start to their campaign as they take on strong Turkey at DY Patil Stadium. New Zealand’s defense was exposed during the practices matches against England and Brazil.
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“The practice matches against Brazil and England in Mumbai were huge for us.I think we found a lot about ourselves, we found out strengths and weaknesses in terms of our structure and gameplan,” Danny Hay said.Hay also said that has the quality of their Turkish counterparts is far better but maintains that the result will be decided on his side’s performance.
Oliver Whyte and skipper Max Mata, the Kiwi team has a strong attack and their mid-fielders and defenders will have to come to the party to ensure that the side gives a tough competition to Turkey.This will the Kiwis 8th appearance in the tournament, last time in Chile in 2015, they made it to the Round of 16, eventually losing to Brazil.
On the other hand, this will be Turkey’s third appearance in the tournament.In Peru 2005, they reached the semi-final, suffering a narrow 3-4 defeat at the hands of Brazil before losing the third-place match 1-2 against the Netherlands.Four years later in Nigeria, the Turks were unlucky to lose 3-5 on penalties to Colombia in the quarter-finals.
They are a confident side having made it to India by reaching the semifinals of the European qualifying tournament. They lost to England 0-1 in the semifinals.
The Turks look favorite to win this encounter, but it the temperament for the Kiwi side will be tested to its peak.