World Cup

New Zealand beats Fiji 1-0 in WCup qualifying

Share This Story


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.

Member Comments

Please note by clicking on "Post comment" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Use and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be Polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator.

powered by

More than Sports on MSN