FIFA WORLD CUP CONCACAF/OFC QUALIFYING

Westpac Stadium, New Zealand

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New Zealand

  • Christian James 80' PEN
  • Rory Fallon 83'

2 - 4

FT

2nd leg: 3 - 9 (Agg)

Mexico

  • Oribe Peralta 14'
  • Oribe Peralta 29'
  • Oribe Peralta 33'
  • Carlos Peña Rodríguez 87'

Mexico clinch World Cup spot

Mexico breezed into the World Cup finals despite some brief resistance from New Zealand as they claimed a 4-2 win in the second-leg of their qualifying tie in Wellington.

The All Whites went into the match 5-1 down after a jarring evening at the Azteca last week, and despite a handful of late goals their leaky defence ensured they had no chance of boarding a flight to Brazil next summer.

"We were expecting to be in the World Cup a long time ago but it wasn't like that," Mexican keeper Moises Munoz said. "So we had to play a couple of games more to be there. It was really tough and we expected it to be tough here in New Zealand.

"They fought like warriors to the last minute and they deserve the credit also."

Mexico eased to a 3-0 lead in 33 minutes with a first-half hat-trick from striker Oribe Peralta before New Zealand hit back with two goals in three minutes, firstly when Christian James scored from the penalty spot before Rory Fallon claimed their second.

However, any distant hopes of what was ultimately an unrealistic late comeback were dashed when Carlos Alberto Pena notched Mexico's fourth in the 87th minute.

New Zealand were the brightest in the opening exchanges but they quickly had the stuffing knocked out of them when Peralta dinked the ball over keeper Glen Moss in the 14th minute to give the visitors the lead.

Moss then denied Raul Jimenez and another Peralta chance but he could not stop the Mexico forward on the next attack, which culminated in him beating the keeper with ease after Andrew Durante was beaten for pace down the left wing, with the ball worked to Peralta who did not miss.

The Santos Laguna striker claimed his hat-trick in the 33rd minute with his easiest goal of the game, a simple tap-in after he was left unmarked in the box.

New Zealand won a penalty when Jeremy Brockie was brought down in the box, however Mexico stopper Moises Munoz made amends for the defensive lapse and saved the resulting spot-kick with his legs.

The All Whites' next chance again game from the penalty spot after a handball from Rafael Marquez in the 77th minute.

James stepped up for New Zealand and smashed the ball into the top corner to claim the slightest of footholds in the game.

Fallon then raised the home side's hopes, albeit briefly, when he scored their second of the night with a volley from the middle of the box, but any embers of a comeback were quickly extinguished thanks to Pena, who tapped in a ball which flew across the face of the goal.

The success brings an end to one of Mexico's most troubled and divisive qualifying campaigns. El Tri shed three coaches during a 10-match campaign in the CONCACAF confederation, during which they won only two games and scored just seven goals to finish fourth and to face the trial of a playoff with Oceania champions New Zealand for a World Cup spot.

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Scoring Summary

  • New Zealand
  • Mexico
Jeremy Brockie (pen miss 39')
Christian James (pen 80')
Rory Fallon (83')

Match Stats

  • New Zealand
  • Mexico
13(6) Shots (on goal) 22(13)
16 Fouls 16
4 Corner kicks 5
2 Offsides 2
50% Time of Possession 50%
3 Yellow Cards 3
0 Red Cards 0
9 Saves 4

Teams

  • New Zealand
  • Mexico
Substitutes
Substitutions
Yellow Cards
Luís Montes (3')
Moises Munoz (39')
Juan Medina (90 + 3')