New Zealand added their name to the growing list of teams to qualify for next years World Cup finals in South Africa with a 1-0 aggregate win over Bahrain in front of 35,194 fans in Wellington, the largest crowd ever to attend a football match in New Zealand.
They played Bahrain over two legs in a Asia/Oceania play off after winning the Oceania zone, a task made somewhat easier by Australia playing in the Asia zone after the Aussies finally got FIFA to make changes to the qualification process to make it easier for them. Thank God for FIFA’s policy of corruption!
It is the first time the Kiwi’s have made the finals since the 1982 tournament in Spain. They almost came unstuck though as with the score at 1-0 in the 50th minute Sayed Mohamed Adnan missed a penalty which would have given Bahrain a priceless away goal. In the end Rory Fallon’s headed goal in the 45th minute was enough to send New Zealand through sparking mass celebrations.
Well done to the Kiwi’s.