New Zealand beats Fiji 2-0 in World Cup qualifier

Shane Smeltz rounds goalkeeper Tamati Williams during an All Whites training session in Wellington this week

A "Wenger Out" banner was spotted at New Zealand vs Fiji World Cup qualifier on Tuesday because, of course, it was. Last year, the New Zealand team won the Nations Cup of Oceania.

There can't be another scenario like the infamous match against Mexico at the Azteca Stadium in 2013, where New Zealand spent most of the 5-1 loss without the ball, and tended to forfeit it nearly immediately on the rare occasions when they regained possession.

"He's a very good kid and he had a great debut tonight, I thought", said Jai Ingham. While the European-based All Whites will be in action well into May, the Phoenix-based New Zealand contingent will likely have their feet up in a matter of weeks.

The start of the second half was disastrous for the home side as just two minutes into the game New Zealand earned their penalty after Drova handled the ball inside the box.




Fiji hope they can make the most of their chances and repeat a famous day in their sporting history when they host the All Whites in a World Cup qualifying game.

Goals in quick succession soon after half-time from Chris Wood and Marco Rojas were enough for the All Whites to prevail in energy-sapping humidity at Churchill Park. I think when you play against bigger teams they sort of come out a bit more so over the two games it's been hard to really carve them open.

The Kiwis sit top of their group, with an unassailable lead of 10 points from four games, ahead of New Caledonia and Fiji who still need to face each other.

"Whenever they pressured we never lost our minds so this is very positive".

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