'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

'It was a bad mistake' - Brazil star apologises after spitting in face of rival

Juventus winger Douglas Costa has apologised but faces a lengthy ban after spitting in the face of Sassuolo's Federico Di Francesco during an Italian Serie A match.

The flash point came in second-half stoppage time as Juve saw out a 2-1 victory, with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring twice to get off the mark this season.

Sassuolo had just pulled a goal back through Khouma Babacar when Costa and Di Francesco squared up.

Brazilian winger Costa already looked to have lost his composure after aiming an elbow and a headbutt moments earlier but the worst was to come as he spat directly at Di Francesco from inches away.

Costa was sent off after the intervention of the video assistant referee.

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri admitted the behaviour was unacceptable and Costa later offered his mea culpa on Instagram.

"I would like to apologise to all Juventus fans for this misleading reaction in today's game. I also apologise to my team-mates, who are always with me in beautiful and bad moments," he wrote.

"It was a bad mistake, I am aware of it and I apologise to everyone for this. I make it clear that this isolated attitude does not correspond to what I have always shown in my career."

Now Costa could see the Italian authorities clamp down on his behaviour.

"Even if he was fouled, these episodes must not happen," Allegri told reporters.

"The only thing we have to avoid doing this year is rising to the provocation.

"We had the game where we wanted it but we started playing as individuals and not as a team."

Allegri added that Costa will face club sanctions.

"It's only right that he (Costa) is fined, and he certainly will be... I was surprised by his reaction," he said.

"We have suffered a goal, a red card and a suspension which will be long."



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