Soccer...and New Zealand kept alive its hopes of playing in next year's World Cup finals in Spain with a two-all draw against Saudi Arabia on Saturday (28 November).
GV PAN FIRST HALF: New Zealand in white play from left to right. Turner is tripped and penalty given
GV Penalty taken and goal scored (2 shots)
GV PAN Saudi attack from kick off, Khalifa crosses and Majid scores past goalkeeper Wilson
GV PAN Another Saudi attack and Majid scores again. Saudis celebrate (2 shots)
SECOND HALF. GV Throw in to New Zealand, headed across Saudi goal, and No. 3, Ricky Herbert scores with a header. Celebrations. (2 shots)
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Background: Soccer...and New Zealand kept alive its hopes of playing in next year's World Cup finals in Spain with a two-all draw against Saudi Arabia on Saturday (28 November). The Asia zone match was played in Auckland on New Zealand's North Island and the draw gave the Saudis their first point in the qualifying series, after losses to China and Kuwait. But for the home-town crowd, all thoughts were on what the draw means for New Zealand.
SYNOPSIS: New Zealand, playing in white, are awarded the penalty for a trip on Grant Turner. The kick was taken by Billy McClure who made no mistake, bringing up the first goal of the match.
The green shirted Saudis, with two men out wide get the ball to Khalifa -- he finds Majid Abdulla who beats goalkeeper Richard Wilson to bring up the first equaliser.
It's the Saudi striker Majid again, he breaks free and for the second time is right on target. At half time, Saudi Arabia held a 2-1 lead.
Facing defeat, New Zealand threw everything into the attack. Success did not come until late in the game when No. 3, Ricky Herbert scored the equaliser with a magnificent header. New Zealand must defeat Kuwait in Kuwait on December 14th to stay in the race for the World Cup finals.