WC Qual - OFC

March 21, 2013


New Zealand

1 - 0

New Caledonia

WC Qual - OFC

6:45 +00:00, March 22, 2013

Forsyth Barr Stadium

Referee: Strebre Delovski

Late Smith goal books play-off place

#INSERT type:image caption: New Zealand celebrate after Chris Killen put them in front against New Caledonia END#

New Zealand secured a place in November's intercontinental World Cup play-offs thanks to Tommy Smith's winner against New Caledonia four minutes into injury time.

Christopher Killen headed in a Leo Bertos free-kick to put New Zealand, who were remarkably the only unbeaten nation at the 2010 World Cup finals, in front after only ten minutes in Dunedin but Cesar Lolohea levelled shortly after the interval. Lolohea superbly brought down a pass from Bertrand Kai and volleyed home.

With New Zealand's last group game coming against Soloman Islands, whom they beat 6-1 in the reverse fixture in September, New Caledonia knew they must win this game to stand a realistic chance of making it through to the play-offs.

But it was the home side who pushed for the winner and eventually they ensured the final stage of Oceania qualifying would not go down to the final day as Ipswich Town defender Smith popped up with a close-range header to secure a 2-1 win.

New Zealand will now play the fourth placed team from the CONCACAF region for a place in the World Cup finals, which will not be known until October.

Scoring Summary

New Zealand New Caledonia
Christopher Killen (10')Cesar Lolohea (56')
Tommy Smith (90') 


New Zealand New Caledonia
Mark Paston1 Rocky Nyikeine
Winston Reid2 Judikael Ixoee
Tommy Smith3 Emile Bearune
Leo Bertos12 Roy Kayara
15 Ivan Vicelich13 Noel Kaudre
Michael McGlinchey6 Olivier Dokunengo
16 Jeremy Brockie7 Dominique Wacalie
10 Christopher Killen17 Joel Wakanumune
Shane Smeltz10 Cesar Lolohea
11 Marcos Rojas11 Bertrand Kai
20 Chris Wood19 Georges Gope-Fenepej
Jacob SpoonleySteeve Ixoee 20
Ben SigmundJean Wakanumune 14
14 Ian Hogg Georges Bearune 4
13 Dan KeatMiguel Kayara 8
19 Tim PayneIamel Kabeu  16
17 Costa BarbarousesKalaje Gnipate 5
Tim Payne for Christopher Killen (75)
Iamel Kabeu for Noel Kaudre (77)
Costa Barbarouses for Jeremy Brockie (80)
Georges Bearune for Iamel Kabeu (83)
Ian Hogg for Shane Smeltz (90)
Kalaje Gnipate for Roy Kayara (87)
Yellow Cards
Leo Bertos (90)
Cesar Lolohea (56)
 Emile Bearune (60)
 Joel Wakanumune (72)
· Squads: New Zealand | New Caledonia