South Africa 2010 surprise packets New Zealand will begin their tilt for the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ next month, with a strong and experienced squad named by coach Rick Herbert.
Matt Thompson and Jonathan Germano scored the goals as Melbourne Heart rode their luck to win 2-1 at rock-bottom Gold Coast United and make it five games unbeaten.
FIFA.com reflects on opening-round action in Argentina and Australia, the frontrunners impressing in Brazil and Mexico, and new leaders emerging in Japan and Korea Republic.
Gold Coast United returned to winning ways as they secured a 1-0 success over leaders Sydney, while Central Coast Mariners surprised Melbourne Victory.
Both hosts South Africa and New Zealand are in dire need of all three points from their Group A encounter on 17 June in Rustenburg.
South Africa's hopes of reaching the semi-finals are in their own hands, but they must beat a New Zealand side who are targeting their first point.