Iraq vs. New Zealand FIFA Confederations Cup 2009
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.