Having played to a 0-0 result on November 8 in Ecuador’s high-altitude Atahualpa Stadium, the women’s football teams of Trinidad and Tobago and Ecuador are down in Trinidad’s Hasely Crawford Stadium today for the return match that rewards the winner with the 24th and last qualifying spot for next June/July’s FIFA Women’s World Cup finals to take place in Canada.
A capacity 23,000 Hasely Crawford Stadium crowd and a Pan American and worldwide audience of millions are set to be absorbed in the game which Trinidad and Tobago must win, not draw, to get the spot.
POWER 102.1 fm carries live coverage of the game.
A scoring draw, like 1-1 or higher, in 90-minute regulation play will end the match with Ecuador getting the ticket to Canada as a result of being the away team benefitting from the away-goals rule of a double per goal scored.
A scoreless tie even after extra time will result in kicks from the penalty spot to arrive at a match-winner.
The teams’ match-up comes as a consequence of their respective runners-up finish in their Confederation tournaments that also served as qualifiers for the 2015 World Cup finals which will be the seventh edition in the women’s game.
By finishing fourth of eight in last month’s CONCACAF Women’s Cup championship in the United States, Trinidad and Tobago fell in with the second qualification opportunity as did Ecuador for finishing third in their South American Nations Championship.
Their World Cup finals dream becomes a reality at nightfall today with the match set for a 6 pm kickoff.