Big Match Preview - New Zealand vs Peru 11 Nov

Started by Bensergi, Nov 07, 2017, 11:55 AM

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New Zealand vs Peru

Big Match Preview:
Oceania kings New Zealand tackle fifth-placed South American side Peru over two legs with the winners guaranteed a ticket to the promised land -- the 2018 World Cup Finals.

After the first leg in Wellington, both teams will then fly to Peru for the return leg in Lima on Thursday, 16 November.

New Zealand reached the intercontinental play-off stage by topping their Oceania World Cup qualifying group by winning four games and drawing once against New Caledonia in the group stage.

The All Whites then progressed past the Soloman Islands in the two-legged final. They won 8-3 on aggregate.

Meanwhile, Peru had a thrilling run in the CONMEBOL zone, eliminating the likes of South American champions Chile, Paraguay and Ecuador.

Their final qualifier was a controversial one, where they drew 1-1 with Colombia, a result which ensured fourth spot for the Colombians. Peru topped Chile on goal difference.

Big Team News:
New Zealand's Premier League stars Chris Wood and Winston Reid have been passed fit for the contest. Which is a boost as they are the country's top footballers.
Peru are at full strength, but they have been let down by captain Paolo Guerrero, who is provisionally suspended for 30 days after failing an anti-doping test. The former Bayern Munich striker will miss both games.

Big Stat 1: Peru are ranked 10th in the world
Big Stat 2: New Zealand drew all their group matches in the 2010 World Cup Finals
Big Stat 3: New Zealand's attacker Marco Rojas is nicknamed "The Kiwi Messi"

Fastgoal's prediction: New Zealand 1-1 Peru



Match Stats:

  • New Zealand 0-0 Peru
  • Shots: 3-9
  • Possession: 48%-52%
  • Corner kicks: 2-3

New Zealand held Peru to a 0-0 draw in the first leg of their 2018 World Cup play-off at Wellington Regional Stadium despite heavy pressure from the South Americans.

The visitors, ranked 10th in the world, should have scored in the first half as goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic was forced to make a goal-line clearance.

Marinovic then tipped Aldo Corzo's headed effort over the bar in the second half while New Zealand captain Winston Reid produced a number of blocks.

The All Whites almost stole a victory late on as midfielder Ryan Thomas' shot flashed wide of the post.

Burnley striker Chris Wood, who was carrying a slight hamstring injury, made a late substitute appearance and forced a save out of Pedro Gallese with his first touch.

Peru are seeking to end a 36-year World Cup drought, while New Zealand - ranked 122 - are hoping to make only their second finals since 1982.

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