NEW CALEDONIA AND NEW ZEALAND GRAB WORLD CUP WINS

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Vanuatu-Squad.jpgOceania’s pathway to the OFC Nations Cup/2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa is now a two-horse race after New Caledonia and New Zealand recorded big victories over Fiji and Vanuatu respectively.
Ricki Herbert’s New Zealand team were too powerful for Vanuatu defeating the visitors 4-1 at Westpac Trust Stadium thanks to goals from David Mulligan in the 14th and 81st minutes and Shane Smeltz with a 29th penalty and a 34th minute.
Vanuatu earned a consolation goal when substitute Francois Sakama pulled one back in the 50th minute but the New Zealanders were in control from start to finish striking the woodwork on at least two occasions.
The victory puts
New Zealand in first place with three wins from three matches in the competition and odds-on favourites to lift the OFC Nations Cup and secure the Stage 3 qualification berth for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa.
New Caledonia has all but ended Fiji’s hopes in the competition with a 4-0 demolition of Juan Carlos Buzzetti’s team.

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