Fifa Brazil World Cup 2014: Oceania Qualifying
Wednesday, 12th September 2012 at 09:56am
Round two of the Oceania qualifying round took place yesterday with New Zealand taking another positive step towards reaching a playoff spot for a place at Brazil 2014.
The All Whites thumped the Solomon Islands 6-1 to make it two wins from two.
Shane Smeltz and Kostas Barbarouses gave the hosts a 2-0 lead at halftime but were pegged back almost immediately after halftime when Henry Fa'Arado reduced the deficit.
The shock goal spurred the home side into action and they responded with four unanswered goals from Chris Killen, Tony Lochhead, Chris Wood and Marco Rojas to comfortably see off the visitors and reach six points.
In the group's other match, New Caledonia bounced back from their opening day defeat to New Zealand by recording a comfortable 4-0 away at Tahiti.
The hosts kept New Caledonia at bay until the 55th minute when the visitors opened the scoring through Cesar Lolohea before adding three more goals before full time.