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New Zealand will play in the playoffs. New Zealand defeated the Solomon Islands to win the only Oceania berth and will play against Costa Rica in the play-off for a place in the FIFA World Cup.

By Facundo Di Bona (@facudibona).

New Zealand did not give any surprises in the final of the Oceania qualifying tournament for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

The team coached by Danny Hay, the only OFC professional, clearly won 5-0 against the Solomon Islands, who repeated their presence in the continental final under the guidance of Spaniard Felipe Vega-Arango and once again succumbed to an opponent that dominates their confederation with an iron fist.

The match invited to dream of some fight on the part of Solomon Islands, since New Zealand came from showing a somewhat poor image in the semifinals against Tahiti with a short 1-0 victory.

However, Hay’s side, led by Burnley’s Chris Wood, who plays for Newcastle in the Premier League, came out all guns blazing and Philip Mango was the Solomon Islands’ best player.

The game began to turn on its head in the 23rd minute when Tuiloma, a Portland Timbers MLS player, headed home from a corner kick.

Shortly thereafter, Chris Wood repeated the move to make it 2-0 at halftime.

In the second half, Mango own goal and again Tuiloma extended the lead to 0-5 through Garbett in stoppage time.

With this victory, New Zealand will play in the intercontinental playoff for a place in Qatar 2022 against the fourth-placed team in the CONCACAF octogonal: Costa Rica.

New Zealand has not played in a FIFA World Cup since South Africa 2010, when they were part of a group that included Italy, Paraguay and Slovakia, in which they finished third and undefeated with three draws in the three matches.

In the next two FIFA World Cups, New Zealand reached the playoffs: in 2014 they had to play against Mexico and lost 9-3 on aggregate, while in 2018 they suffered elimination against Peru with a 2-0 aggregate that was decided in the second leg played in Lima.

This time the system will be different and there will be no round-robin matches, but the countries will play the playoff in a single match in Qatar, the venue of the FIFA World Cup, in June.

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