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Iraq vs. New Zealand FIFA Confederations Cup 2009

20 June 2009 No Comment

Posted by Sherwin


Iraq will go into their third game against New Zealand in Johannesburg with an aim of earning a spot in the FIFA Confederations Cup semi-finals.

The Iraqis arrived in South Africa as huge underdogs and most football experts did not expect them to do well. But the Asian champions held the Bafana Bafana squad to a draw and only conceded one goal against the top-ranked Spanish team.

If Iraq can secure this vital win, Bora Milutinovic’s reputation will be further enhanced. The Serbian coach believes his team still has a good chance of progressing to the semis.

New Zealand was shut out in its first two games and have not yet scored a goal in this tournament, but coach Ricki Herbert is optimistic the Oceania champs can earn at least a point before heading home.

The game starts at 8:00 p.m. local time (2:00 p.m. ET).

UPDATE: Iraq failed to do what they needed to do to move ahead to the semi-finals as they drew 0-0 with New Zealand. The Asian champions could have advanced with a win but they crashed out of this tournament without scoring a single goal.

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