Tahiti 0 - 2 New Zealand

New Zealand have beaten Tahiti 2-0 at Stade Pater in Papeete on day three of Stage 3 Oceania qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.


Shane Smeltz opens the scoring for New Zealand.

See below for all the play-by-play action.

Match Summary Tahiti - New Zealand, click here

Starting line-ups:

Tahiti: 23. Xavier SAMIN [GK], 2. Alvin TEHAU, 3. Tauraa MARMOUYET, 6. Lorenzo TEHAU, 7. Pierre KUGOGNE, 8. Angelo TCHEN, 10. Nicolas VALLAR (c), 11. Stanley ATANI, 13. Steevy CHONG HUE, 17. Jonathan TEHAU, 20. Yannick VERO
Coach: Eddy ETAETA [TAH]

New Zealand: 12. Glen MOSS [GK], 3. Tony LOCHHEAD, 4. Ben SIGMUND, 5. Tommy SMITH (c), 7. Leo BERTOS, 8. Michael McGLINCHEY, 9. Shane SMELTZ, 10. Chris KILLEN, 15. Ivan VICELICH, 18. Tim PAYNE, 20. Chris WOOD
Coach: Ricki HERBERT [NZL]

Match officials

Referee: Bruce GEORGE [VAN]
Assistant Referee 1: Ravinesh KUMAR [FIJ]
Assistant Referee 2: Noel BERRY [SOL]
4th Official: John SAOHU [SOL]

The match kicks off

3' Free kick for New Zealand, Leo Bertos takes it but the Tahiti defence clears the ball away

5' Lorenzo Tehau passes to Yannick Vero but his cross is too wide

6' Long ball from Tony Lochhead to Chris Wood but his header misses the target

8' Free kick to New Zealand, Bertos takes it and finds Ben Sigmund but his header strikes a Tahitian defender who clears

10' Free kick for Tahiti, the New Zealand defence clears the ball

15' A shot-come-cross from Leo Bertos hits the crossbar

17' New Zealand win their first corner but nothing comes of it

18' Bertos shoots but misses the target

20' Free kick for Tahiti, Vero takes it but the New Zealand defence clears the ball

24' GOAL!!! Tahiti 0 New Zealand 1: Shane Smeltz pounces on a mistake by Tahiti goalkeeper Xavier Samin to open the scoring

26' Play is held up as Stanley Atani recieves treatment for an injury but restarts with Tahiti down to 10 men

27' Free kick for Tahiti, Lorenzo Tehau takes it and finds the gloves of New Zealand goalkeeper Glen Moss

27' Atani comes back onto the field

29' Chris Killen gets into a goalscoring position but is called offside

32' A Smeltz header just misses the target

37' Free kick for Tahiti, Angelo Tchen takes it but the New Zealand defence clears the ball

41' Free kick for Tahiti, Lorenzo Tehau takes it and finds Tchen but his header misses the target

43' YELLOW CARD: Tim Payne is cautioned for New Zealand

45' One minute of additional time will be played

45' + 1' Corner for New Zealand, Bertos takes it and finds Ivan Vicelich who misses the target

The first half comes to an end

The second half kicks off

49' Chris Wood has a chance but his shot is deflected by a defender

51' Killen crosses to Smeltz but Tchen clears the ball away

53' YELLOW CARD: Tony Lochhead is cautioned for New Zealand

54' An Alvin Tehau cross is cleared by Bertos

56' Free kick for Tahiti, Lorenzo Tehau takes it but Bertos clears the ball away

58' Tauraa Marmouyet's cross is gathered by Glen Moss

61' A shot from Chris Wood misses the target

61' SUBSTITUTIONS: Wood is replaced by Jeremy Brockie for New Zealand and Marmouyet is replaced by Vincent Simon for Tahiti

67' Free kick for New Zealand, Bertos clears the ball away

68' A Jeremy Brockie volley misses the target

72' Steevy Chong Hue's cross is cleared away by Tommy Smith

73' SUBSTITUTIONS: Payne is replaced by Kosta Barbarouses for New Zealand and Stanley Atani is replaced by Efrain Araneda for Tahiti

76' Free kick for New Zealand, Barbarouses takes it but the Tahiti defense clears the ball

81' SUBSTITUTION: Lorenzo Tehau is replaced by Axel Williams for Tahiti

82' GOAL!!! Tahiti 0 New Zealand 2: Ben Sigmund heads home a Lochhead corner to extend New Zealand's advantage

85' A close-range effort from Williams is cleared by Smith on the line

89' SUBSTITUTION: Smeltz is replaced by Dan Keat for New Zealand

90' Three minutes of additional time will be played

The final whistle is blown




Updated On Saturday, October 13, 2012