Watch: Anthony Hudson 'incredibly proud' of defeated All Whites, rues Chris Wood injury

All Whites coach Anthony Hudson admits the injury to key striker Chris Wood hampered his side as they failed to secure at place at next year's World Cup in Russia.

Burnley striker Wood came into camp carrying a hamstring injury, which limited him to 20 minutes on the pitch in the first leg in Wellington, and 45 today in Lima.

His impact was instant, causing problems for the Peruvian defence, and Hudson was left rueing what might have been.

Chris Chang was draped with a Peru flag and given a kiss by the partying Peruvians. Source: 1 NEWS

"When we came into this week without Chris Wood, without Storm Roux, we obviously lost Tommy Smith halfway through.

"We rely so much on some our bigger players and Woodsy is one of them.

"Coming into this window knowing he wasn’t going to start, really, the first game, and to know we had to manage minutes in the second game, I’m proud, I really am.

These fans love New Zealand, but had to support their homeland. Source: 1 NEWS

"I say I’m proud of the team – everyone should be proud of these players, because what they’ve done is incredible."

Injuries to key players didn’t help New Zealand's cause, but Hudson wasn't using it as an excuse. Source: 1 NEWS


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Watch: 'I'm lost for words... I love you mum!' – Peru fans in NZ sent into raptures by World Cup success

Peruvian football fans in New Zealand are celebrating their homeland's qualification for Russia 2018, but aren't forgetting the place they now call home.

Peru beat the All Whites 2-0 in Lima to win through to their first World Cup since 1982.

Fans in this country took to pubs and lounges to watch the match, and were overjoyed with the achievement.

One man told 1 NEWS from an Auckland bar that he loved New Zealand, but had to support Peru.

"I'm very proud of Peru, I love New Zealand, I owe New Zealand a lot but today I had to support Peru."

Anthony Hudson says his team should have been staying nearer their opponents the night before the match. Source: 1 NEWS

These fans love New Zealand, but had to support their homeland. Source: 1 NEWS


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Raw video: Peruvian fans in NZ go absolutely bonkers after scoring goal that secured place at World Cup

There was delight for Peruvian football fans across New Zealand as their home nation defeated the All Whites to earn the final spot at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Goals in each half were enough to see them go through 2-0 on aggregate, and earn a first appearance since 1982.

Fans in this country weren’t afraid to show their colours, as their heroes defeated a brave All Whites side in Lima.

Their heroes are going to the World Cup for the first time since 1982. Source: 1 NEWS


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