Fifa Brazil World Cup 2014: Oceania Qualifying
Tuesday, 11th September 2012 at 05:15am
In the Oceania qualifying region, New Zealand and the Solomon Islands look to be the two teams most likely to battle it out for a playoff place at the 2014 Brazil World Cup after both teams recorded 2-0 wins in their third round opening matches.
The All Whites, who were the only team to go through the 2010 Fifa World Cup without losing a match, recorded a comfortable away victory over New Caledonia.
The Kiwis led 2-0 at half time thanks to goals from Shane Smeltz and Chris Wood and were never really threatened.
In the group's other match, goals either side of half time were enough to see the Solomon Islands grab all three points at home to Tahaiti.
The winner of the group will place the fourth-placed team in the North, Central America and Caribbean zone over a two-legged playoff to determine who will reach the finals in Brazil.