Job done! Crowd stands as superb All Whites battle Peru to a stand-still

Over 37,000 soccer fans showed their appreciation for the All Whites’ gutsy 0-0 draw with the favoured Peru team in tonight's World Cup qualifier.

The fans gave a standing ovation following the much-anticipated first leg of their World Cup qualifier in Wellington.

The All Whites will play Peru in the second leg at the Estadio Nacional in Lima on Thursday. 


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Kiwi Scott Dixon wins fifth IndyCar title with perfect final race at Sonoma

Relive 1 NEWS NOW's live coverage of the 2018 IndyCar series finale, from Sonoma.

12:49pm: Lap 85 of 85 - SCOTT DIXON WINS FIFTH INDYCAR TITLE

Into the final lap! Hunter-Reay will take the win, but Dixon will come home in second to take the title. Rossi's early gaffe has cost him a title, as Dixon adds Championship number five to his collection.

12:43pm: Lap 81 of 85

Just five laps of the season to go! Dixon in pole position for the trophy, with Rossi slipping to sixth.

12:37pm: Lap 77 of 85

Less than 10 laps to go and it's all in Dixon's hands. He's pushed his lead out to 13 seconds over Rossi, and barring disaster, should be good to take the title.

12:30pm: Lap 73 of 85

Dixon under a bit of pressure from Power now! He's still got a hold of second, but the Aussie is hot on his heels. Rossi is in fifth, around nine seconds back.

12:24pm: Lap 68 of 85

That's it as far as pit stops are concerned for the rest of this race. Dixon sits four seconds behind Hunter-Reay, but eight seconds in front of Rossi. Race within a race now.

12:20pm: Lap 64 of 85

Dixon back up to second, but Rossi into fifth. If Dixon can keep this up though, the title is his. 

12:14pm: Lap 60 of 85

Rossi and Dixon both pit for a tyre change coming to the close of the race. The Kiwi temporarily down to ninth as a result.

12:07pm: Lap 55 of 85

Rossi's on the charge! He's now into seventh, 12 seconds behind the Hunter-Reay, 11 behind Dixon.

Not to worry just yet though, the Kiwi just needs to finish ahead of him to take the championship.

12:01pm: Lap 51 of 85

The yellow flag has seen Rossi come roaring back though! He's up to 11th now, just 10 seconds behind the leading pair. Dixon around 0.8 seconds shy of Hunter-Reay.

11:59am: Lap 48 of 85

Dixon now less than a second behind Hunter-Reay! Will this be where the Kiwi makes his move? He'll have to wait for the end of the yellow flag of course, but that shouldn't be too far away.

11:53am: Lap 46 of 85

Rossi now under 30 seconds back from Dixon. He'll still have a lot to do, but don't write off his title shot just yet.

11:48am: Lap 44 of 85 

Yellow flag and Rossi can make up some ground on Dixon! Graham Rahal has crashed out.

11:43am: Lap 42 of 85

Hunter-Reay and Dixon lose the top spots temporarily with their second pit stops. Both looking to keep their tyres fresh going into the second half of this race. 

The pair are quickly back to the front of the grid though. Meanwhile, Rossi has moved up into 12th spot, still around 48 seconds back of Dixon though.

11:34am: Lap 35 of 85

Dixon keeping pace with Hunter-Reay, doing enough to keep himself in pole position for the championship. The Kiwi is still second, but 12s ahead of third. 

11:24am: Lap 28 of 85

Dixon and Hunter-Reay now pulling clear of the chasing pack, with Simon Pagenaud over 11 seconds behind the leader. Dixon 2.5s behind.

11:16am: Lap 21 of 85

Dixon now back into second, with Hunter-Reay's lead cut to less than 2s. Rossi lingering down in 23rd, 42 seconds back from the leader.

11:09am: Lap 17 of 85

Hunter-Reay and Dixon now in the pit. Tyre change for the Kiwi as Josef Newgarden takes the lead. It's probably worth mentioning that should both Dixon and Rossi fail to finish, then Newgarden and Will Power will move into title contention.

Power hits the front as Dixon re-enters, he's now down to fourth, Hunter-Reay in third.

11:04am: Lap 14 of 85

The first pit stops of the race have come about, but the leading group hold fire for now. Dixon just under four seconds back from Hunter-Reay.

10:56am: Lap 8 of 85

Dixon nearly three seconds behind Hunter-Reay, but Rossi is at the back by over a minute. Advantage Dixon.

10:51am: Lap 4 of 85

Rossi re-enters the fray, but he's at the back of the grid. Dixon still in second, Hunter-Reay leads.

10:47am: Lap 2 of 85

Great news for Dixon - Rossi suffers wing damage and is under some early pressure, can he come back? Rossi smacked into Marco Andretti at the start, Dixon comfortable in second.

10:46am

They're away!

PREVIEW

After 16 races, Kiwi driver Scott Dixon is within touching distance of his fifth IndyCar title, with today's season finale in Sonoma seemingly just a formality for the Manurewa native.

With three wins and eight podiums this season, Dixon holds a 29-point advantage over his next closest competitor, USA's Alexander Rossi.

Dixon effectively just needs to finish higher that Rossi to seal the title. 

The Kiwi was leading the way to a pole position in qualifying - in what would have been his first of the season - before being pipped by American Ryan Hunter-Reay.

Dixon will instead line up in second spot, with rival Rossi having to settle for sixth.


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'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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'I'm sure they can forgive him' - Ireland legend O'Driscoll rushes to defence of Beauden Barrett

Ireland legend Brian O'Driscoll has come to the defence of All Blacks first-five Beauden Barrett, following his abject performance with the boot in last weekend's 36-34 loss to South Africa in Wellington.

Barrett, 27, missed four of his six attempts at goal on Saturday night, ultimately proving crucial as the All Blacks slipped to a first loss at home to the Springboks since 2009.

The All Blacks first-five's missed efforts proved costly during New Zealand's loss in Wellington. Source: 1 NEWS

Taking to Twitter though, former Ireland skipper O'Driscoll highlighted that Barrett's place in a side is about much more than ability to kick goals, with his eye for the tryline seeing him standout above his contemporaries.

"Barrett scored FOUR (4) tries in the last game. They rarely need their conversions," O'Driscoll tweeted.

"I'm sure they can forgive him a poor night off the kicking tee."

Barrett's kicking capabilities were also defended by coach Steve Hansen, saying:

"Beauden has these nights."

Barrett converted only two conversions from six in tonight's 36-34 loss to the Springboks. Source: 1 NEWS

"He's had them before, but then he comes out and kicks 100 per cent the next time.

"That's the nature of goal kicking - sometimes it hurts you.

"You've just got to hope that all the stars don't line up in the one night - last night they did." 

The first-five missed four kicks in New Zealand's shock loss to South Africa. Source: 1 NEWS


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'Folau slaughtered that last play' - Australian public turns on Wallabies star after Argentina loss

The Australian rugby public have unleashed on star Israel Folau, after his refusal to set up teammate Bernard Foley for a potential match-winning try against Argentina on Saturday night.

During the final moments of Australia's shock 23-19 loss to Los Pumas on the Gold Coast, Folau decided to run the ball at the Argentinian line, with Foley waiting unmarked to his right.

Instead, Folau was sandwiched by three Argentine defenders, surrendering possession to give the Pumas a famous victory on Australian soil.

Naturally, social media was abuzz with criticism towards Folau, with the defeat seeming to have hinged on the winger's selfishness,

"Israel Folau has absolutely cost Australia that Test match. Sorry, but that's just what happened," wrote AAP's Vince Rugari.

"Israel Folau has just cost the Wallabies the victory. 10m from tryline and Foley on his outside, open, he decided to take on 3 defenders himself," began Supersport's Derek Alberts.

"Knocks on. Criminal."

Former ABC commentator Peter Wilkins had some of the harshest words for Folau, saying:

"Folau slaughtered that last play. 50 times out of 50 it's a simple pass for the win. They'd set it up perfectly."

"Coach killer. You're only as good as your last performance/play."

"Butchery of the highest order from Folau with seconds left on the clock. Cost Australia the game," wrote the Irish Independent's Cian Tracey.

The loss to Argentina means Australia have dropped to an all-time low seventh in World Rugby's rankings.


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