Sports Mole presents a demonstration of Sunday’s World Cup qualifiers – Oceania, a duel between New Zealand and Tahiti, including predictions, team reports and possible teams.
New Zealand they will try to keep their hopes alive for the third World Cup final when they face it Tahiti on Sundays.
The Tahiti, meanwhile, are three games away from reaching their first World Cup, but they will know how difficult their task will be on Sunday against a well-formed New Zealand team.
Preview of the match
New Zealand has failed to qualify for the last two World Cup finals, but now dreams of getting there World Cup 2022 in Qatar after passing the group qualification phase in Oceania.
Danny HayHis team started positively with a 1-0 victory over Papua New Guinea thanks I’m Waine‘with the winner of the 75th minute before they beat Fiji 4-0 in the next match.
Chris Wood was the star of the show in a strong victory over Fiji with Newcastle striker, who Elijah Just a Clayton Lewis they also got on the scoreboard to confirm their nation’s progress in the last four.
Although their place in the semifinals had already been secured, New Zealand continued to search the net at its discretion in its last match, beating New Caledonia 7-1.
This encounter resulted in two braces for Wood and Alex Grieveand although their clinical nature attracted attention, Haya was also pleased that his party was also defensively resilient in all of their group games.
As for Tahiti, they made it to the top four without winning the game because their group is hit hard by COVID-19.
A number of positive tests on the Vanuatu team forced them to resign before entering the pitch, while an outbreak of COVID-19 in the Cook Island team led to their resignation after just one match.
Although their advancement to the final four was practically secured by default, Tahiti finally stood on the field on Thursday to meet the semifinalists from the Solomon Islands.
The meeting was settled by half time after Tahiti Alvin Tehau was cancelled Raphael Le’ai‘s opener, but Le’ai did not finish his job for the match, as the striker twice netted in the second half to wrap up his hat-trick, condemning Tahiti to a 3-1 defeat.
Samuel GarciaHis team had little time to deal with the loss, as he now turned his attention to the tough semifinals against Team New Zealand, which is 48 places higher than them.
New Zealand World Cup Qualifiers – Oceania Form:
Form of New Zealand (all competitions):
Tahiti World Cup Qualifiers – Oceania Form:
Tahitian form (all competitions):
New Zealand took a break from several players in the group’s final match, with Hay making up to nine changes to beat New Caledonia 7: 1.
Winston Reid was one of those who rested for the last group match, but the experienced defender will return to Tahiti against the back, while Wood will try to add to the four goals he scored in qualifying when he leads the line on Sunday.
With only one match in Tahiti, he may feel a little unprepared, even though his players are still expected to be fresh, and Tahiti is expected to appoint an unchanged lineup for Sunday’s game, despite having been defeated last time.
After seeing his cousin’s score in a previous match, Tahiti’s top scorer in history Teaonui Tehau will search the net on Sunday as it seeks to bring its country to a glorious victory.
Possible basic set of New Zealand:
Searle; De Vries, Smith, Reid, Pijnaker; Kirwan, Stamenic, Garbett; Just, Wood, Champness
Possible basic Tahiti line-up:
Team mates; Barbe, Paama, Hapipi, A. Tehau; Li Fung Kuee, Keck, R. Tehau, Bourebare; T. Tehau, Kaspard
We speak: New Zealand 4: 0 Tahiti
New Zealand has so far shown that it is one level higher than other competitors in qualifying in Oceania, and we think it will continue to dominate on Sunday when it hits the Tahiti side, which will feel ill-prepared after a chaotic group phase.
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