- Same score as their only previous meeting in this event (Nigeria 2009)
- Kiwi captain Max Mata scored equaliser and saw a late red
- New Zealand face Paraguay, Turkey meet Mali in next group games
New Zealand and Turkey opened their India 2017 campaigns with a hard-fought Group B draw on a steamy evening in Navi Mumbai.
The Turks had the better of the first half with Ahmed Kutucu’s headed goal from a corner their just reward. 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.
The Kiwis grew into the match after going behind, pressing well on either side of half-time. Their goal came from a bit of fast thinking just before the hour when Elijah Just took a quick free kick and found a streaking Mata alone in the box.
Both teams traded narrow misses the rest of the way, but New Zealand went closest as Charles Spragg fizzed a shot just over the crossbar with 15 mines to go, and the impressive Just hit the post in the 83rd minute.
Mata got his second yellow card for leading with an arm four minutes into second half stoppage time.