New Delhi: In match three of FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017, New Zealand and Turkey drew 1-1. Turkey were the favourites going into this match and played like the fancied team for almost the whole game. While Ahmed Kutucu scored in the 18th minute for Turkey, Max Mata netted for New Zealand in the 58th. It was all in all a close game where both teams shared possession for most of the match.
Turkey looked the better side at the beginning. They could have opened the scoring as early as the sixth minute, but Melih Gokcimen failed to beat the goalkeeper on a breakaway and Atalay Babacan mis-fired on the rebound. Kutucu headed home a corner to give Turkey the lead and they controlled the game for the rest of the first half as New Zealand took some time to raise their game.
They found the equalised when Elijah Just took a quick free-kick and it found an unmarked Mata, who put the ball in the 58th minute. Both teams got plenty of chances to gain the lead. New Zealand almost found their second when Charles Spragg shot just over the crossbar with 15 minutes to go. Then frustration grew further in New Zealand camp when Just hit the post in the 83rd minute.
Mata then got his second yellow card five minutes into second-half stoppage time. After this incident, New Zealand defended strongly to keep it at 1-1. (With IANS inputs)