New Zealand beats New Caledonia in WCup qualifying

Ipswich Town defender Tommy Smith scored in the fourth minute of

stoppage time to give New Zealand a 2-1 win over New Caledonia on

Friday and an overall victory in Oceania regional qualifying for

the 2014 World Cup.

Smith’s close-range header broke a 1-1 deadlock which had lasted

from the 55th minute and gave New Zealand an unassailable lead at

the top of the four-team qualifying group.

New Zealand will now play the fourth-placed team from the

CONCACAF Confederation in home and away matches in November for a

place at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.