Stalemate! All Whites and Peru draw 0-0 in first World Cup playoff in Wellington

It was all or nothing for the All Whites as they fight for a place at Russia 2018. Recap 1 NEWS NOW's updates from the first leg of New Zealand's intercontinental playoff with Peru.

90min: And that's it, a scoreless draw. Great effort from NZ. Both sides will be reasonably happy with all to play for in Lima next week. 

All Whites Clayton Lewis fights for the ball. New Zealand All Whites v Peru - FIFA World Cup Intercontinental play-off match at Westpac Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand. 11th November 2017. © Copyright Photo: Grant Down / www.photosport.nz
All Whites Clayton Lewis fights for the ball against Peru. Source: Photosport

86min: Oh my. Ryan Thomas goes SO close to winning it for NZ. A shot from Wood goes wide, but it eventually falls to Thomas, whose blistering shot goes just wide of the upright. Half the stadium thought he'd scored.

82min: Kosta picks up a second ball after Wood gets going in the box. Shot veers wide however. 

77min: NZ's final change - Tuiloma on for Rojas. Things are getting scrappy. 

74min: Chris Wood is on! Clayton Lewis is off. Good shift for Lewis. Wood is straight on at a Kiwi freekick, but a Peru player goes down in the wall as Gallese saves at the near post. Boxall gets a yellow but the freekick is taken again though - it comes to nothing. 

67min: Smith off, Durante on.

63min: Marinovic again! This time a corner is headed goalwards by Corzo, but the Kiwi leaps back to tip it over the bar. Another huge moment for the Canada-based stopper. 

59min: Tommy Smith is down and getting attention. It gives both sides the chance for a breather, and some instructions for the coaches. 

57min: A very dangerous move by Peru snuffed out by Colvey. 

55min: Promising move for NZ ended by the offside flag on Barbarouses. First time it's been raised, as far as I can recall.

52min: Oh no. The West Ham man is walking very gingerly. 

51min: Peru close to walking the ball into the goal, but Reid manages to hook it clear. The man is good. 

46min: And we're back. No changes for either side. 

Half-time: NZ will be happy with how they are going, although it feels Peru are holding something in reserve. We'll be back shortly with the second half - will Chris Wood put in an appearance? 

45min: Peep peep. That's the half. Solid from NZ, Peru are clearly more skillful, but the home side aren't lying down without a fight. 

42min: Nearing the break, NZ have had a few half chances but are missing patience up top. What they'd give to have Chris Wood out there about now... 

Hundreds of Peru fans chanted and sang as they walked to Westpac Stadium for their team’s match against the All Whites. Source: 1 NEWS

35min: Trauco pulls off a brilliant tackle to halt Rojas in a dangerous spot. Wasn't spectaular, just class. 

33min: So close for NZ! Kosta is released, but his shot flashes wide. What a chance. 

30min: Peru is so comfortable in possession, but NZ's defence is holding firm to date. They'll be glancing at the clock, 0-0 at halftime would represent a solid effort. 

22min: First yellow goes to Yotun, who tries to tackle Winston Reid around the waist, and then appears to elbow him in the back. No complaints. 

18min: Close again, but Cueva's shot goes high and wide. NZ living dangerously. However, they go up the other end and get a couple of good balls into the box. Wynne's cross goes out for a corner. It's a good delivery, but Smith can't get his head on it. Much better from NZ. 

15min: So close for Peru, lovely ball in, but Corrillo's header is poor and goes wide. Should have done better. 

14min: NZ are lacking that final touch. They often manage to string a few passes together, then give up the ball. Peru are also lacking that finishing gloss, but can break at speed.

10min: The crowd's not happy, NZ feel they should have had a handball in a decent position, then concede a soft free-kick. At least they are proving they won't be a push over.

6min: Marinovic, what a save. Some poor work in the box from Reid and Smith and NZ coughs up the ball. It seems destined to roll over the line, until the stopper gets back and hauls it away to safety. A massive warning shot, however. 

Winston Reid (captain), Stefan Marinovic, Chris Wood and Michael McGlinchey.
USA v New Zealand All Whites, 11 October 2016/
The USMNT tied New Zealand 1-1 during their international friendly at RFK Stadium.
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All Whites skipper Winston Reid, Stefan Marinovic, Chris Wood and Michael McGlinchey. Source: Photosport

5min: After a corner Peru work a nice ball into the box, but it comes to nothing. NZ then get a free-kick of their own, although Flores wasn't to happy about it. 

2min: Peru look comfortable in possession, but NZ are snapping away at their heels. McGlinchey gives up a foul, but no harm done. 

0min: All Whites get us underway.

4.15pm: Anthems done. Here we go! 

4.10pm: NZ's subs are out, joining arms as in front of a Maori challenge. And yes, Chris Wood was part of that group. And as the teams come out, a giant Laser Kiwi flag is unfurled in the stand. Classic. 

4.06pm: Just moments away from the pre-match festivities. 

4.05pm: What a chance for Kosta Barbarouses, asked to toil away up top by himself in Woods' absence. A chance to redeem himself in front of the Wellington crowd after his departure from the Phoenix. 

4pm: The teams are off the pitch. It's a cliche, but just 15 minutes away from the biggest match the All Whites have played in four years. 

3.50pm: The Peru fans have snagged the sunny side of the ground, and are still making all the noise.

3.45pm: Peru - Gallese, Rodriguez, Corzo, Trauco, Cueva, Tapia, Ramos, Carrillo, Yuton, Flores, Farfan

3.40pm: Wood seems to be running pretty freely - although it seems testing before the match raised some concerns. Unsure if he actually failed a fitness test however. 

3.35pm: Nothing like a bit of drama to keep things interesting. Wood wasn't with the team when they started their warm-ups, but he out on the pitch now.

3.30pm: Here is the team: Marinovic, Boxall, Reid, Smith, Colvey, Lewis, McGlinchey, Thomas, Wynne, Rojas, Barbarouses

3.25pm: So it seems the rumours about Chris Wood are half right - he's on the bench. Still, you feel a half-fit Wood off the bench late on is better than no Wood at all. 

3.15pm: Here is a little taste of what it's been like in Wellington today.

3.05pm: Should only be 10 minutes away or so from the team naming.

3pm: Stadium starting to fill up, with the Peru fans making plenty of noise. There has been an almost constant stream of yelling and cheering through the early afternoon in Wellington, where it's sunny and windy.

2.50pm: Some potentially huge news for Kiwi fans, with rumours Chris Wood could miss the match with that niggly hamstring of his. I guess it evens things up, with Peru missing their frontman Paolo Guerrero, ruled out for 30 days after some issues with the drugs test. 

2.45pm:

Earlier this week, 1 NEWS football fanatic Chris Chang spoke with former All Whites Danny Hay and Noah Hickey to get their thoughts on the match. They were quietly confident the All Whites could get the job done. 

2.40pm

It's a lovely day in the capital, not too cold, and Peru fans have been showing their colours with pride. Let's hope there are no repeats of this ugly incident when the fans descend on the city after the match.

2.30pm:

1 NEWS sports producer Victor Waters had a look at the tactics Hudson might employ and where they may find success. Read it here

2.20pm

It's a lovely day in the capital as Anthony Hudson's men battle for a place at Russia 2018. It's not always been pretty, but that's all in the past as New Zealand have 180 minutes to earn a spot at their third World Cup.

Standing in their way are the world's 10th ranked side Peru, who are low on household names, but emerged from an incredibly competitive South American qualification group in fifth place as they aim for a first appearance at the tournament since 1982.

Hundreds of Peru fans chanted and sang as they walked to Westpac Stadium for their team’s match against the All Whites. Source: 1 NEWS


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Former Premier League striker rejects offer to join rebuilding Wellington Phoenix

The Wellington Phoenix are back to recruiting players after their latest attempt to sign another former Premier League player fell through.

The Kiwi club was in talks with veteran Nigerian striker Obafemi Martins after he had been frozen out by his Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua following a serious injury in April.

But Martins has decided to focus on recovery from his torn hamstring instead of signing with a new team.

"I've spoken with Obafemi and he just wants to continue to rehabilitate from his injury in the UK for the time being," his agent Ante Alilovic told SBS.

"He's told me he wants to hold off until January (to make a decision on his future).

"I don't think the A-League is a serious option in terms of what he can earn elsewhere. He won't be coming to Australia and I think he sees his future remaining in China."

Martins played five seasons for Inter Milan from 2001-2006 before moving to the Premier League, making 88 appearances in three years for Newcastle United. More recently, Martins has played in Major League Soccer before joining Shanghai.

It's a blow for the Wellington club who received a green light from Football Federation Australia to pursue the 33-year-old with a marquee contract, meaning they would contribute from their own funds to help the Phoenix get his signature on the dotted line.

It marks the second failed attempt to find a marquee player after reported negotiations between former Chelsea star Michael Essien and Phoenix broke down prior to their pursuit of Martins.

Obafemi Martins celebrates a goal for Newcastle United with Steven Taylor.
Obafemi Martins celebrates a goal for Newcastle United with Steven Taylor. Source: Getty


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TVNZ FC: Return of the Champions League and this is Zlatan's world, we just live in it

TVNZ FC is back for another week, with plenty to talk about from the world of football.

This week, Jack Tame is joined by Victor Waters and Simon Plumb, as Europe's elite welcomed the return of the Champions League.

Elsewhere, Liverpool and Chelsea keep their 100 per cent winning starts to the Premier League alive, while Cristiano Ronaldo finally breaks his duck in Italy.

Jumping across the pond, Zlatan Ibrahimovic notched his 500th career goal in the only way he knows how, firing home an audacious karate-kick for the LA Galaxy against Toronto FC.

And finally, our very own Victor finds himself at the centre of a movement to bring a former Newcastle and Inter Milan star down under to the Wellington Phoenix.

Jack Tame leads TVNZ's football gurus to discuss this week's action. Source: 1 NEWS


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Watch: Stunning late goal gives Liverpool dramatic Champions League victory over PSG

Roberto Firmino had an eye for goal just when Liverpool needed a winner against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.

Liverpool had thrown away a two-goal lead at Anfield today, with Kylian Mbappe striking an 83rd-minute equaliser, but the French World Cup star's carelessness at the other end proved costly for PSG in stoppage time.

Mbappe was dispossessed by James Milner, giving Liverpool a final chance to attack the visiting goal.

Firmino, who only came on in the second half after scratching his eye in Sunday's victory at Tottenham, found the space to weave through the PSG defence and strike the ball low into the net to seal a 3-2 victory.

For his celebration, the Brazilian covered his left eye as teammates leapt on him.

It made for painful viewing for PSG coach Thomas Tuchel, who had seen similar scenes before.

As Borussia Dortmund coach, Tuchel's side also conceded in the first minute of stoppage time at Anfield to go out of the Europa League in the quarterfinals in 2016.

The stakes weren't as high this time. This was only the opening game in Group C of the Champions League and PSG has five games to secure one of the top two places to advance to the round of 16.

But four months after losing last season's final, Liverpool showed they might be capable of challenging for the title once again by finding a way to tame Neymar and Mbappe for much of the game.

An emphatic start saw Daniel Sturridge score the opener in the 30th minute and Milner double the lead from the penalty spot six minutes later.

But having failed to turn their dominance into more goals, Liverpool conceded before halftime when Thomas Meunier sliced into the net.

And Liverpool was left reeling when Mohamed Salah misplaced a pass that allowed Neymar to carry the ball forward and Mbappe to produce the equaliser.

Salah was brought off two minutes later, and found his own curious way to celebrate Firmino's winning goal.

The Egypt forward threw a water bottle at the ground looking far from happy.

Liverpool snatched a 3-2 win over Paris Saint-Germain in their Champions League fixture. Source: SKY


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Inter Milan star fires home brilliant volley as Tottenham snatch Champions League defeat from jaws of victory

Inter Milan scored two late goals, including a stoppage-time winner, to mark their return to the Champions League with a 2-1 comeback victory against Tottenham this morning.

Inter's first game in the competition since 2012 looked set to end in disappointment when Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen's shot took a lucky deflection and looped into the net in the 53rd minute.

But Mauro Icardi equalised with a perfectly struck volley in the 86th and Vecino headed in the winner in injury time to send the San Siro wild.

Tottenham fell to their third straight loss in all competitions despite taking the lead somewhat against the run of play.

Eriksen's initial shot was parried by Samir Handanovic but the Inter defense failed to clear the danger.

The ball came back to the Denmark international and his second attempt took a huge deflection off Joao Miranda and floated over Handanovic.

However, Icardi pounced four minutes from time with a powerful volley into the bottom corner from 20 yards out.

That inspired Inter and they poured forward. After earlier chances to snatch the winner, a corner was nodded on to Vecino who headed in in the second minute of stoppage time.

Meanwhile, Harry Kane's post-World Cup struggles continued.

Kane was the top scorer at the tournament in Russia with six goals in England's run to the semifinals, but the 25-year-old has not found the back of the net since a 3-0 victory over Manchester United last month.

He went closest in the 37th minute as he sprung the offside trap to meet Eriksen's ball over the top but Handanovic forced the England forward wide and he couldn't find the angle to shoot.

Mauro Icardi’s 86th minute stunner helped Inter stun Spurs 2-1. Source: SKY


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