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World Cup Inter-confederation play-offs: New Zealand vs. Mexico (second leg)

World Cup Inter-confederation play-offs: New Zealand vs. Mexico (second leg)

Match Date: 20 November 2013

Match Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington

 

The Mexicans are fighting like there’s no tomorrow. After trouncing New Zealand 5-1 in the first leg of inter-continental play-offs, the team are now eyeing sure seats in the 2014 FIFA World Cup group stage.

Mexico displayed stunts that they failed to show in the CONCACAF rounds, adding pressure to the already nervous New Zealand. In front of their own fans at the Azteca Stadium, El Tri proved what kind of football juggernauts they truly are.  Paul Aguilar, Raúl Jiménez, Oribe Peralta (2), and Rafa Márquez gave Mexico a five-goal advantage.

Earning just three goals in their last four CONCACAF qualifiers at home, Mexico revived their attacking fluidness as they conquered their Oceania opponents. Paul Aguilar opened the scoring in the 32nd minute after a muddle between New Zealand’s Glen Moss and center-back Andrew Durante. Raul Jimenez speedily headed in a second inning to give Mexico a 2-0 lead in the first half.

Striker Peralta scored twice in the second half and former Barcelona defender Marquez delivered the fifth. Chris James pulled a goal back for the visitors in the dying minutes of the joist. Among the upset New Zealanders, goalkeeper Glen Moss may have felt the deepest frustration with their opponents’ healthy number of attacks reflecting his unsatisfactory performance.

World Cup betting tip: As clear as crystal, this upcoming match will again be dominated by Mexico. New Zealand have a chance to improve their attack, but the possibility is slim. Mexico should now expect seeding in the finals.

 

Mexico | Image source: fifa.com

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