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20/06/2009101 - WeatherweatherCode10

Summary

Iraq frustrated as Kiwis make point

New Zealand held Iraq to a goalless draw at Ellis Park that eliminated the Asian champions and sealed South Africa's presence in the semi-finals.

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Line-up

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5
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23
4
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13
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14
9
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Coaches

Bora MILUTINOVIC (SRB)
(NZL) Ricki HERBERT

Officials

Referee: Howard WEBB (ENG)Assistant Referee 1: Michael MULLARKEY (ENG)Assistant Referee 2: Peter KIRKUP (ENG)Fourth official: Jorge LARRIONDA (URU)Fifth official: Mauricio ESPINOSA (URU)

Have Your Say

(Total comments 62)


Latest Comments:
wada009
20/11/2009 at 10:09
wada009 (New Zealand)
Yeah were in trouble all right - its not like we could ever, possibly beat either of those teams in a home and away and qualify for a world cup huh...
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AsadFelistin
04/07/2009 at 08:27
Iraq played will with south africa and they were able to stop spain with one goal only they lacked strikers with all the games. about new zealand they should not have pulled a draw with Iraq i think Iraq played much better and what strikes me the NZ team they where happy as they had just won the worldcup. Wither Saudi arabia or bahrain plays against New Zealand watch out NZ you are in trouble.
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Muzza1026734
21/06/2009 at 17:02
Muzza1026734 (Great Britain)
im afraid eduardocombe that it won't be as simple as that for the WC play-off. Iraq haven't won for over a year and were knocked out of the asian qualifying section in the second round of qualifying. Bahrain i don't know much about, but Saudi Arabia are certainly a very different proposition than Iraq, even though Iraq beat them for the Asia Cup, that was a different Iraq, not in terms of personnell, but in terms of confidence.
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Statistics

11Shots12
4Corner kicks7
0Yellow cards2
0Second yellow card and red card0
0Red Cards0
49%Possession (%)51%
  • Glen Moss of New Zealand (L) saves a shot by Younis Mahmoud of Iraq
  • Alaa Abdul Zahara of Iraq and Nashat Akram look dejected
  • Shane Smeltz of New Zealand battles with Salam Shaker of Iraq
  • Tony Lochhead and Ben Sigmund of New Zealand battle with Younis Mahmoud of Iraq
  • Alaa Abdul Zahra of Iraq looks dejected as his team are knocked out
  • Chris Killen of New Zealand (L) and Basem Abbas of Iraq battle for the ball

"I think we've proved a few doubters wrong. It was important we came back with strength and credibility after the last game against South Africa, but even though we'll enjoy the moment, we won't get carried away. We'll move forward with unity, strength and caution as we move towards our play-off for next year's World Cup," Ricki Herbert, New Zealand coach.