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.
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.
All Whites Clayton Lewis fights for the ball against Peru.
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...
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.
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.
All Whites skipper Winston Reid, Stefan Marinovic, Chris Wood and Michael McGlinchey.
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.
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.
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.
1 NEWS sports producer Victor Waters had a look at the tactics Hudson might employ and where they may find success. Read it here.
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.
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