New Zealand is approaching the World Cup finals

New Zealand is approaching the World Cup finals

More than one step to take. On Wednesday evening, New Zealand was given the opportunity to play the next World Cup in Qatar. In the Oceania Zone ‘Final’ in Doha, the Solomon Islands were swept 5-0 thanks to goals from Bill Tuiloma (dual), Chris Wood, Joe Bell and Matthew Garbett. An intercontinental playoff match is scheduled for June 13 or 14, against the CONCACAF Region Four. (Costa Rica a priori, unless the United States or Mexico are in for a nasty upset tonight, by falling back to this place from the appendix.)

Last participation in the 2010 World Cup

This play-off will be played as a dry match, still in Qatar. Rarely in its history has New Zealand enjoyed the honor of participating in a World Cup. Twice: in 1982, in Spain, she was knocked out in the first round; More recently, in 2010, New Zealand selection saw the same preliminary result, with elimination during the group stage. However, New Zealand managed to pick up some precious points, drawing with Slovakia led by Marek Hamsik (1-1), then defending world champions Italy (1-1), and Paraguay (0-0). Not enough to pass the first round, but enough to finish the match against Italy, in third place in Group F.

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