Highlights FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 : Paraguay see off Mali, New Zealand hold Turkey

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Highlights FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 : Paraguay see off Mali, New Zealand hold Turkey
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    FT: Paraguay 3-2 Mali

    Paraguay hold on to an impressive win over last edition's runners-up Mali. After a thrilling first half, the South Americans had a bit more control of proceedings and survived wave after wave of Malian attack to claim three points and climb to the top of Group B standings after the opening round of matches

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    75' Paraguay 3-2 Mali

    Mali now throwing kitchen sink at Paraguay who have shown great discipline in the second half. They are defending with two banks of four with the back four sitting slightly deeper but very compact. Mali must watch out for the quick counter attack

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    55' Paraguay 3-2 Mali 

    Alan Rodriguez scores from the spot to restore Paraguay's lead in the second half. It's all about finishing in this entertaining clash. 

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    PEEP PEEEP....HALF-TIME: Paraguay 2-2 Mali

    The first half comes to an end as Paraguay and Mali have shown their worth in the opening 45 minutes of the match. It's a pacey affair but the team who will bury the chances will take all the three points. 

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    43' Paraguay 2-2 Mali 

    Both the teams have attacked well from the midfield so far. Mali's Ibrahim Kane and Paraguay's Leonardo Sanchez are the ones to keep an eye on as the duo is running through the left channel to make space for their respective teams. 

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    33' Paraguay 2-2 Mali 

    Told you, this game is the one to watch out for. Of course, you can switch channels in between to check the scores elsewhere but Mali have drawn level in a jiffy. After missing a couple of chances, N'Diaye chips one over Diego Huesca. 

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    20' Paraguay 2-1 Mali 

    And the Malians pull one back in no time to close the gap on their opponent's lead. Ibrahim Kane runs past three defenders and passes it to Hajdi Drame, who converted it beautifully. This game is going to be fun! 

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    16' Paraguay 2-0 Mali 

    Antonio Sanchez extends Paraguay's lead with a slick finish past Youssouf Koita. The Paraguayan team is combining brilliantly in the final third. Mali are yet to make their mark in this match. 

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    12' Paraguay 1-0 Mali 

    WHAT. A. GOAL! Antonio Galeano blasts one past the Malian keeper from outside the box to give Paraguay the lead. You can call it a typical Paul Scholes-esque finish. 

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    We are underway at the same venue as Paraguay take on Mali in the second game of Group B at the world event. This is going to be yet another end-to-end clash as both teams are strong and possess a very technical game. 

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    FULL-TIME: New Zealand 1-1 Turkey 

    PEEP PEEP....

    It's full-time at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai as both the teams share the spoils in the opening game of Group B. The Turks started well and bagged the first goal, but it was the Kiwis who showed grit and determination in the second half to draw level. 

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    79' New Zealand  1-1 Turkey

    New Zealand Substitution: Kingsley Sinclair OFF Wiliem Ebbinge ON

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    88' New Zealand 1-1 Turkey

    Turkey are making all the movements now as we approach the 90th-minute mark. Recep Gul makes a classy run from the left and squares it to Atalay Babacan, who drills it wide. 

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    79' New Zealand  1-1 Turkey

    New Zealand Substitution: Kingsley Sinclair OFF Wiliem Ebbinge ON

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    83' New Zealand 1-1 Turkey

    Elijah was JUST close to score the Kiwi's second goal of the night. Great one-touch passing football from the Young Whites in the final third. Danny Hay should be happy the way his side has performed against the much-fancied Turks. 

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    79' New Zealand  1-1 Turkey

    New Zealand Substitution: Kingsley Sinclair OFF Wiliem Ebbinge ON

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    69' New Zealand 1-1 Turkey

    Turkey Sub: Berk Cetin IN Melih Gokcimen OUT

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    58' New Zealand 1-1 Turkey

    GOAL! Max Mata draws the Kiwis level after a quickly-taken free-kick finds him in behind the Turkish defence that was caught off guard. The New Zealand skipper makes no mistake in squeezing his shot past the goalkeeper. Deserved equaliser for New Zealand

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    55' New Zealand 0-1 Turkey

    SAVE! New Zealand goalkeeper Jacob Clark keeps them in the contest with a brilliant save to deny Turkish skipper Recep Gul who let one fly after finding himself in space at the edge of the Kiwi box. Strong hands from the gopalkeeper to prevent Turkey from doubling the lead

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    And the second half gets underway and it's New Zealand with a quick break. Mata cuts in from the right but the Turkish defence proved to be too strong for the Kiwi captain. 

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    HALF-TIME: New Zealand 0-1 Turkey 

    Well, it was all about Turkey in the first 45 minutes of the game as the Hacioglu-led side created a number of chances and were clinical up front. Kutucu opened the account for Turkey in the 19th minute, which was also the first goal of the FIFA U-17 World Cup in India. 

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    39' New Zealand 0-1 Turkey

    CLOSE! Sinclair at it again but heads the ball over the bar. New Zealand are hoofing up long balls from their own half. Looks like Daniel Hay wants his side to show their physical side. 

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    30' New Zealand 0-1 Turkey

    It's just one-way traffic at the moment in this clash as the young Turks have been exceptional with the ball. Notably, they have managed to find spaces in the midfield. Kutucu and Karaahmet Malik are linking up well.  

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    19' New Zealand 0-1 Turkey

    Turkey draw first blood. Excellent header from Ahmed Kutucu to make it 1-0 at the opening match of Group B in Navi Mumbai. Oh, just look at the celebrations! 

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    11' New Zealand 0-0 Turkey

    CLOSE! New Zealand captain Max Mata cuts inside from the left to make a square pass to Kingsley Sinclar but the latter hits it wide. Turkey a bit disorganised at the back. 

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    7' New Zealand 0-0 Turkey

    Turkey have started confidently against the tall, lanky New Zealand side.Turkey coach Hacioglu had spoken about his team's technical abilities at the pre-match press conference yesterday. It looks like the Kiwis will have to do a lot of defending throughout the match. 

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    Hello and welcome to Live coverage of Group B encounters of te FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 featuring New Zealand vs Turkey and Paraguay vs Mali

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Having given a tough fight to Brazil and England in the warm-up games, a confident New Zealand side will be squaring off with much-fancied Euro U-17 semi-finalists Turkey in the opening group league game of the FIFA U-17 World Cup, here tomorrow.

 Highlights FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 : Paraguay see off Mali, New Zealand hold Turkey

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New Zealand lost 1-2 to Brazil and were impressive in their 2-3 defeat against England but the results have made their coach Daniel Hay believe that they are ready to give the bigger teams a fight.

"The practice games were huge for us. We found out a lot about ourselves, strengths and weaknesses in terms of our game plan. When you play against the likes of Brazil and England, there is no way to hide," Hay told reporters here at the pre- match media conference.

"They are two very good sides. It is the first time our players played against world class players and team. It was a massive learning curve for us," he said.

While the team has conceded five goals in warm-up games, the positive aspect was scoring thrice against two quaklity sides.

"We are used to playing with our backs to the wall. But here we are showing signs of attack which is a positive sign," he said.

About facing Turkey, Hay said, they are not in awe of their opposition.

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"For us, it was really important that we played against good technical players and we did that against Brazil and England in the build-up. We are not going out there with any fear and are confident that the players are going to do the job," he added.

Meanwhile, Turkey coach Mehmet Hacioglu said that the team has a dedicated game plan for tomorrow's game where they will blend caution with aggression.

"From the beginning, we have a dedicated gameplan. We will deploy both offensive and defensive tactics. We planned according to the climate. We were aware of the difficulties and structure to our training plan. Humidity won't only affect us only, but the other teams as well," the coach said.

He said the players from other three teams in the Group

Mali, Paraguay and New Zealand - were physically stronger, but claimed his team had more skilled and talented players.

"Not only New Zealand, but also all other teams are physically well built and are much bigger in size, but we have an advantage against them. We have a much more skill and takent. During the preparation camp, we trained closest to India (in Qatar). Youth leagues in our country started much earlier this year as compared to other years. I believe that this physical difference will not be much of a difference," Haciouglu said, pointing why they would start favourites.

Updated Date: Oct 06, 2017 23:40:52 IST