FIFA.com reviews a highly successful OFC Nations Cup which saw unprecedented glory for Tahiti, breakthrough success by New Caledonia and a succession of tight matches played out in front of large crowds.
Solomon Islands kept their Brazil 2014 ambitions alive with a 1-1 draw against continental champions New Zealand to the delight of an animated crowd in Honiara, while Fiji were eliminated after drawing against Papua New Guinea.
New Zealand have qualified for the last four of the OFC Nations Cup with a 2-1 win that eliminated Papua New Guinea from contention, while Fiji and the Solomon Islands drew 0-0 to leave both in contention.
Continental champions New Zealand and host nation Solomon Islands kicked off their respective Brazil 2014 campaigns with narrow 1-0 wins over Fiji and Papua New Guinea in Honiara.
After a long wait, FIFA World Cup™ qualifying returns to the Pacific with the football obsessed Solomon Islands set to host the eight-nation tournament commencing on Friday.
FIFA.com runs the rule over Oceania heavyweights New Zealand, who approach next week’s OFC Nations Cup with the aim of continuing their significant recent growth.