Oribe Peralta hit a hat-trick as Mexico won 4-2 in New Zealand to complete a 9-3 aggregate triumph in the teams' duel for a FIFA World Cup place.
A new-look Mexico recovered from their horrific CONCACAF Hexagonal campaign to beat New Zealand 5-1 at the Azteca, putting one foot in next year’s FIFA World Cup™.
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.