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.