New Zealand are a final group station in Oceania’s 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ subordinate debate after a 2-2 pull cumulative a gentle 8-3 total attainment over Solomon Islands in Honiara on Tuesday.
The All Whites’ win in a OFC decider means they have now requisitioned a sheet into a intercontinental play-off opposite South America’s fifth-ranked nation.
It is a third time in period that New Zealand will underline in a play-off carrying degraded Bahrain to strech South Africa 2010, before losing opposite Mexico 4 years ago.
Though blank countless first-choice players, New Zealand raced to a 2-0 lead in impassioned steam in a Solomons’ collateral interjection to Myer Bevan’s initial general idea and an possess goal.
However, a home side pulled a idea behind from a chastisement symbol by star assailant Micah Lea’Alafa before a half-hour mark.
Henry Fa’Arodo reprised a attainment with 12 mins remaining, though notwithstanding a widespread second-half showing, Solomon Islands could not find a leader for what would have been their initial World Cup win opposite New Zealand in 8 attempts.
— OFC Oceania Football (@OFCfootball) September 5, 2017