Bedlam and black magic as All Whites take in chaotic Lima ahead of World Cup qualifier

Matches don't get much bigger for New Zealand and Peru. Source: 1 NEWS



'You haven't been to a World Cup in 30 years' - All Whites captain Winston Reid shuts down Peruvian reporter

All Whites captain Winston Reid has shut down a reporter questioning if his team has the pedigree to beat Peru in tomorrow's crucial World Cup qualifier.

Speaking at a press conference ahead of the game in Peru's capital Lima, Reid had no qualms about pointing out Peru's own lack of history when it comes to the football World Cup.

'You haven't been to a World Cup in 30 years either have you? I mean records are there to be broken for you and for us, so we'll see," Reid replied to a Peruvian reporter.

All Whites coach Anthony Hudson also fired a warning to the Peruvian players and staff at the press conference, looking to pile the pressure on the hometown favourites.

Hudson was looking to get into the heads of the Peru team, delivering a message in Spanish at a press conference. Source: 1 NEWS

"Everyone knows Peru is the favourite. We know if Peru loses it will be a national disaster and we don't have that sort of pressure," Hudson said in Spanish.

The Kiwi underdogs will have talismanic striker Chris Wood available to play from the start after a tight hamstring limited him to a role off the bench in the first-leg in Wellington.

However, combative defender Tommy Smith is in doubt with a calf complaint, meaning Andrew Durante might step in to partner Winston Reid at the heart of the All Whites defence.

The All Whites take on Peru in Lima at 3:15pm tomorrow NZT. 

Reid was speaking at a press conference ahead of the do-or-die World Cup qualifier against Peru tomorrow. Source: 1 NEWS

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'If Peru loses it'll be a national disaster' – All Whites coach Anthony Hudson plays mind games ahead of do-or-die World Cup qualifier

Spanish-speaking All Whites coach Anthony Hudson has played some last minute mind games ahead of his team's do-or-die World Cup qualifier against Peru tomorrow.

Hudson fired a warning to the Peruvian players and staff at a press conference, looking to pile the pressure on the hometown favourites.

"Everyone knows Peru is the favourite. We know if Peru loses it will be a national disaster and we don't have that sort of pressure," Hudson said in Spanish.

The Kiwi underdogs will have talismanic striker Chris Wood available to play from the start after a tight hamstring limited him to a role off the bench in the first-leg in Wellington.

Smith was part of a solid defence with Winston Reid in the first leg against Peru, but is touch and go to play in Lima tomorrow. Source: 1 NEWS

However, combative defender Tommy Smith is in doubt with a calf complaint, meaning Andrew Durante might step in to partner Winston Reid at the heart of the All Whites defence.

The All Whites take on Peru in Lima at 3pm tomorrow NZT.

Hudson was looking to get into the heads of the Peru team, delivering a message in Spanish at a press conference. Source: 1 NEWS