An inexperienced All Whites side has gone down 1-0 to South Korea in Seoul overnight.
The team, which fielded four debutantes, had their opportunities in the first half but were unable to convert.
Captain Chris Wood had the ball in the Korean net as the first half drew to a close only to be pulled back for a foul in the lead up, while Bill Tuiloma flashed a header wide from a corner.
Rookie goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic was tested thoroughly in his first match for the All Whites, and produced an outstanding save late in the first half to ensure the score was even at the break.
Stefan Marinovic: "I’m a proud New Zealander & to have the chance to play for your country is a great honour for me." http://t.co/C1adMh0LQF— New Zealand Football (@NZ_Football) March 31, 2015
The All Whites struggled to find attacking opportunities in the second half, with heavy rain not helping the situation by making playing conditions difficult.
A turnover in the 86th minute by New Zealand proved costly as South Korea found the back of the net through Lee Sung-Jae for the night's only goal.
It means the All Whites are still winless under the guidance of coach Anthony Hudson, having lost to Thailand and Uzbekistan and drawn with China.
South Korea 1-0 New Zealand (halftime: 0-0)