The final group stage match of group A is going to played between New Zealand and Portugal on 24th June at Saint Petersburg Stadiums on 8:30 pm IST (18:00 local time ).
In the previous matches of Portugal in the confederations cup, it had a draw with Mexico by 2-2 and a win over Russia by 0-1 and occupies second position in the group A after Mexico and for New Zealand, there is bad luck for them in this cup as they loses from Russia by 2-0 in their first match and from Mexico by 2-1 and therefore lies on the bottom in the group A .
The chances for New Zealand is mere to qualify in the semifinals of the confederations cup and therefore they just try to get a win in this FIFA confederations cup and to show that they have the same intensity and determination as they have on their first match in this senior FIFA tournament
Only a draw can put Portugal’s team into the semifinals, so Portugal’s coach Fernando Santos decided to shuffle his players and decided to give rest to the star striker Ronaldo and other key players which become high relief news to the All Whites.
But for Portugal, it is a golden chance to make sure their spot for semi’s as they have their one foot already in the semifinals as top two teams of both the group are eligible to play semis. So, they are fully determined to grab this match on their side and aimed to place in the top two teams of the group A.
Key Players of both the teams
From New Zealand ‘s younger player Dane Ingham and star performer Coveny and Reid are expected to perform well in this match. There is an expectation of changes in the team by the coach Hudson and giving a new- look side of their team to increase the chance of winning this match.
In the absence of Ronaldo, Andre Silva is the most likely alternative source of goals in this match. Bernardo Silva is expected to attack the opponent team as early as possible and put them in high pressure. All over, all the players are seemed to play a defensive game.
About Portugal Football Team
Association : Portugese Football Federation (FPF)
Confederation : UEFA (Europe)
Captain : Cristiano Ronaldo
Head Coach : Fernando Santos
Top Scorer : Cristiano Ronaldo
About Newzealand Football Team
Association : New Zealand
Confederation : OFC(Oceania)
Nickname : All Whites
Head Coach : Anthony Hudson
Captain : Winston Reid
Top Scorer : Vaughan Coveny
Match venue Details
City : Saint Petersburg
Stadium : Krestovsky Stadium ,St. Petersburg
Capacity : 50,251
Refree : Mark Geiger (USA)
Date : 24th June
Timing : 18:00 local time ,8:30 pm IST
POSSIBLE PLAYERS OF BOTH THE TEAM
New Zealand: Tom Doyle , Tommy Smith , Andrew Durante , Kip Colvey, Michael Boxall, Ryan Thomas , Bill Tuiloma , Clayton Lewis, Chris Wood , Marco Rojas, Stefan Marinovic.
Portugal: Rui Patricio , Jose Fonte , Nelson Semedo , Andre Gomes , Andre Silva , Luis Neto , Eliseu , Danilo, Bernardo Silva, Adrien Silva, Nani.
With only a draw necessary to reach in the semifinals, Portugal team are free to play their game in a natural way whereas New Zealand team will try to win this match anyhow and go home in a respectful way as they are bound to left this tournament after this match. So, the direction of winning this match is more towards Portugal than New Zealand. But, it is going to be an interesting match and fascinating to watch.
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