New Zealand beats Fiji 2-0 in World Cup qualifier


In the wake of Tuesday's 2-0 win over Fiji, which booked New Zealand's passage to the Oceania Stage Three final in September, attention now switches to the Fifa Confederations Cup. All Whites coach Anthony Hudson decided against risking his main striker.

"We have played many times against the island teams and been consistent and now it is time to build on our last tour". "Between now and then we are looking at every way possible to make sure everyone is as fit as they can be, especially those not playing first team football". I congratulate all the boys because it was not easy and the way they played was very positive. I think when you play against bigger teams they sort of come out a bit more so over the two games it's been hard to really carve them open.

"Whenever we tried to play through them or put a cross in there was a load of bodies in there".

It was also a night to remember for the Ingham family, with 17-year-old Dane Ingham getting his first start and brother Jai making his global debut as a second half substitute.

"I go back and hope to keep performing for Melbourne Victory".

New Zealand assumed further control as the match wore on and a Wood header which cannoned off the post was the closest either side came to another goal during the second period.

"He's a very good kid and he had a great debut tonight, I thought", said Jai Ingham.

The teams met during last year's OFC Nations Cup, with New Zealand earning a 3-1 group-stage victory.