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NEW ZEALAND – ALL WHITES DOWNED BY COSTA RICA

All Whites coach Ricki Herbert is adamant New Zealand’s bid to qualify for the 2010 World Cup will be enhanced – rather than hindered – by the football lesson Costa Rica handed his side on Sunday.

The newly crowned Central American champions humbled New Zealand 4-0 with two goals in each half – the last of them a dubious penalty – at San Jose’s Richardo Saprissa Stadium.

It was not the start to 2007 Herbert had hoped for although the result was not entirely unpredictable given that Costa Rica are ranked 79 places above an out-of-season All Whites lineup missing Ryan Nelsen, Simon Elliott and Chris Killen and playing on a foreign artificial pitch.

Story courtesy of NZS Media…

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