New Zealand
Wednesday, November 20, 20131:00 AM
Westpac StadiumWC QualiferESPN,UniMas,Univision Dep.Attendance:

Match Summary



TimeClubPlayerAssisted By
 87'MEXCarlos Peña
  • Jesús Escoboza
 83'NZLRory Fallon
  • Kosta Barbarouses
 80'NZLChris James 
 33'MEXOribe Peralta
  • Carlos Peña
  • Raúl Jiménez
 29'MEXOribe Peralta
  • Miguel Layún
  • Luis Montes
 14'MEXOribe Peralta
  • Carlos Peña


 90'+3'MEX Juan Carlos MedinaFoul
 88'NZL Chris JamesFoul
 39'MEX Moisés MuñozFoul
 34'NZL Kosta BarbarousesFoul
 21'NZL Shane SmeltzFoul
 3'MEX Luis MontesFoul


Sinha (M)
Oribe Peralta (F)
Craig Henderson (M)
Marco Rojas (M)
Aldo de Nigris (F)
Raúl Jiménez (F)
Jesús Escoboza (F)
Luis Montes (M)
Rory Fallon (F)
Shane Smeltz (F)
Louis Fenton (D)
Bill Tuiloma (D)

Starting Formations



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New Zealand
1GGlen Moss
14DStorm Roux
22DAndrew Durante
5DTommy Smith
6DBill Tuiloma
11MMarco Rojas
8MMichael McGlinchey
13MChris James
17MKosta Barbarouses
16FJeremy Brockie
9FShane Smeltz
23GMoisés Muñoz
22DPaul Aguilar
6DJuan Carlos Valenzuela
4DRafael Márquez
2DFrancisco Javier Rodríguez
7DMiguel Layún
20MLuis Montes
8MJuan Carlos Medina
18MCarlos Peña
19FOribe Peralta
11FRaúl Jiménez
10Rory Fallon
15Ivan Vicelich
21Jeremy Christie
3Tony Lochhead
23Tamati Williams
2Ben Sigmund
2Jake Butler
18Craig Henderson
23Jacob Spoonley
16Aaron Clapham
15Louis Fenton
1Jesús Corona
12Alfredo Talavera
13Adrián Aldrete
9Aldo de Nigris
3Hugo Ayala
14Edwin Hernández
5Jesús Molina
13Rodrigo Salinas
17Jesús Escoboza
15Luis Mendoza
21Miguel Herrera
  Ricki Herbert
  Miguel Herrera

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RefereeDr. Felix Brych  
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
1:00 AM
Westpac Stadium
ESPN,UniMas,Univision Dep.

After a year of hand-wringing and contemplation of national calamity, Mexico made it look awfully easy in the end.

El Tri officially booked the 31st out of 32 available spots in the 2014 World Cup with a dominant 4-2 win over New Zealand in the countries' World Cup qualifying playoff in Wellington, powered by Oribe Peralta's first-half hat trick. New Zealand made it a game late on with goals from Chris James and Rory Fallon, but Mexico's 5-1 win in the first leg of the series – which finished 9-3 on aggregate – made the goals all but academic.

Mexico head coach Miguel Herrera stuck with the same personnel and 5-3-2 formation from that big win at Estadio Azteca, which left the Kiwis needing a miracle in the home leg to reach their second straight World Cup and third overall.

Peralta made sure there would be no such comeback, putting a New Zealand defense decimated by injury and suspension – including all-time caps leader Ivan Vicelich through yellow-card accumulation – to the sword by scoring three goals in the first 33 minutes of action.

The Santos Laguna man's first came after an opening push from New Zealand that generated little in the way of clear chances. In the 14th minute, Carlos Peña found himself with time and space outside the Kiwis' 18-yard box and picked out Peralta with an inch-perfect through ball that the striker chipped over Glen Moss to open the scoring.

Mexico continued to pour the pressure on the home side throughout the half and destroyed any hope they might have had of even getting a result from the match with a four-minute double salvo. On the break, Luis Montes found a streaking Miguel Layún down the left flank, and the wing back served the ball up on a platter for Peralta to whack home at the far post in the 29th minute.

Four minutes later, Raúl Jiménez capitalized on a turnover in New Zealand territory and found Peña streaking into the side of the area. The León man managed to get an off-balance cross away, with Peralta easily cleaning it up for his and Mexico's third. Jiménez nearly made it four just minutes later, getting around Moss only to see his goal-bound shot cleared off the line by Tommy Smith.

The home side had a golden chance to get on the scoresheet late in the first half, as Muñoz was whistled for bringing down former Toronto FC striker Jeremy Brockie as he tried to take the ball around him. Brockie took the penalty himself, but Muñoz was equal to the effort, diving to his right to make the save.

Peralta almost made it four for both himself and his country in the 75th minute, getting a boot on a low Paul Aguilar cross only to put it across the face of goal. New Zealand came right back down the field after that sequence and saw strong claims for a handball in the area on Aguilar waved away by German referee Felix Brych.

The Kiwis would get their wish just minutes later, though, as Rafa Márquez was whistled by Brych for a handball in the area. James slammed the spot kick into the top corner to the delight of the still-vocal crowd at the Westpac Stadium. It was the Finland-based midfielder's second goal of the series after netting his team's lone goal in Mexico.

The home side grabbed another in the 84th minute after Kosta Barbarouses found Fallon wide open at the far post to pull New Zealand back within one on the evening, even as the aggregate scoreline proved insurmountable. Peña made sure of that fact by finishing off a Sinha-created chance with an accurate finish at the far post in the 87th minute.

After very nearly being eliminated from qualifying altogether in October, Mexico can now look forward to a sixth consecutive World Cup appearance and 14th in national team history. New Zealand, meanwhile, will move forward without longtime head coach Ricki Herbert – who brought the team to South Africa in 2010 – as they regroup for their 2018 qualifying campaign.