New Zealand beats Fiji 1-0 in WCup qualifying
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
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.