Iraq vs New Zealand

In FIFA Confederation Cup, Football on June 18, 2009 at 12:36

By Joe,

Bora Milutinovic

This could be one of the final games in the Fifa Confederation Cup tournament for both teams. New Zealand have failed to win any game at the tournament while Iraq did a little better by drawing in their opening game against South Africa.  Iraq have a slim chance to qualify for the semifinals, even though things are looking a bit gloomy for both teams. The Iraqi team are required to win with more than 2 goals against New Zealand while they need helping hand from Spain to beat South Africa with at least 2-0.

The AFC Asian Cup 2007 winner, Iraq, played well over the last two games. They played and fielded a defensive side against both Spain and South Africa. They will go away at least with one draw and one defeat. Serbian Coach Bora Milutinovic is happy with the team’s performance despite the team’s results. The Iraqi team have only conceded one goal in their last two games and collected one point. That is an impressive record for their debut in the Fifa Confederation Cup. Coach Bora Milutinovic will have to attack New Zealand if they want cement their first victory in South Africa.

New Zealand have no choice but to leave the tournament as one of the weakest teams at this year’s edition of the Fifa Confederation Cup. Coach Ricki Herbert will be taking this tournament as a lesson learnt in preparation for the World Cup. Coach Ricki Herbert knows that they have a lot of work to be done. He has to concentrate with the defensive sides of things in order to boost his team’s confidence. In their last game, New Zealand’s 2-0 defeat to the home nation ended their chances to advance through the semifinals. Their pride could be restored if they are to score their first goal in this competition. A draw or a win would also be an achievement for the New Zealand squad.

New Zealand could go home with the award of having the wooden spoon on their back. The All White’s defense have been poor and was exploited easily. It looks likely that Iraq will have their chance in exploiting the All Whites weakness. At this stage, Iraq‘s likelihood of winning the last game is bigger than ever and mybet is offering 1.50 for a Iraq win.

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