2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™

2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™

11 June - 11 July

2010 FIFA World Cup™

Draw stifles islanders' hopes

New Caledonia coach Didier Chambaron
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Oceania qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ resumed today with a 1-1 draw between South Pacific Games champions New Caledonia and hosts Vanuatu in Port Vila.

After a goalless first half, the Caledonians opened the scoring in the 75th minute through their striker Ramon Djamali, but the home side were level only two minutes later, with Vanuatu's South Pacific Games hero Etienne Mermer heading home a cross from François Sakama.

The draw leaves New Caledonia on five points from three games, but with home and away clashes with Oceania heavyweights New Zealand to come, it will take a monumental effort for the Caledonians to progress from the Oceania zone. Vanuatu, for their part, are now all but out of contention, with only one point from three games, and two away encounters to come.

New Zealand, with a perfect record of three wins from three games in the group, will feel even more comfortable after today's result.

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