New Zealand beats Fiji 1-0 in WCup qualifying
HONIARA, Solomon Islands (AP)
Stand-in captain Tommy Smith scored the lone goal as New Zealand struggled to a 1-0 win over Fiji in its opening match at the Oceania Nations Cup soccer tournament Saturday.
The Ipswich defender tapped home a rebound after goalkeeper Simione Tamanisau failed to hold Leo Bertos' free kick in the ninth minute.
Fiji had several chances to equalize, the best coming in the 49th minute when veteran Roy Krishna back-heeled the ball to striker Osea Vakatalesau on the edge of the box. But keeper Mark Paston tipped Vakatalesau's shot over the bar.