New Zealand hold Peru to a 0-0 draw in World Cup playoff first leg
SHOWS: WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND (NOVEMBER 11, 2017) (TVNZ - Broadcasters: NO ACCESS NEW ZEALAND Digital: NO ACCESS NEW ZEALAND INTERNET SITES / ANY INTERNET SITE OF ANY NEW ZEALAND OR AUSTRALIAN BASED MEDIA ORGANISATIONS OR MOBILE PLATFORMS) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) NEW ZEALAND ALL WHITES NATIONAL SOCCER COACH ANTHONY HUDSON SAYING: "We are pleased with the performance. You know, I think personally and I know all the players and I'm sure everyone, you know, should feel very proud of the players. However, and it's an incredibly good result for us but we're not in a position to be sort of settling on that and the mindset for us is now, we've have not achieved anything. And, you know, it's all about now making sure that we recover and we travel well and we do a professional job for when we get out there and the mindset is we've achieved nothing and we want to go to Russia." 2. WHITE FLASH 3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) NEW ZEALAND ALL WHITES NATIONAL SOCCER COACH ANTHONY HUDSON SAYING: "So, the key for us, I think that the biggest thing is that we have to manage, manage the game, manage the moments in the game. I was really pleased because I think tonight we grew up another level in terms of managing the game. I think in the past we've performed really well and in the last 10, 15 minutes we've got a little bit loose with our shape and not managed pressure very well and I think tonight we did that so that was very promising for me." STORY: New Zealand weathered a lack of possession and territory to hold Peru to a 0-0 draw in the first leg of their 2018 World Cup finals intercontinental playoff at Wellington Regional Stadium on Saturday (November 11). The South Americans, ranked 10th in the world, are heavily favoured to advance and were expected to swamp the All Whites, but they had only two real chances to score a crucial away goal as New Zealand captain Winston Reid marshalled his side's defence. New Zealand goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic produced a goal-line save after a mixup in defence and then tipped over a header from Aldo Corzo in the second half as the home side held their shape and Reid mopped up any attacks. All Whites midfielder Ryan Thomas had arguably the best chance of the match when his 85th-minute shot flashed just centimetres wide of the right-hand post to ensure both sides remained deadlocked for the second leg in Lima next Wednesday (November 15).