The New Zealand Players Mexico Must Shut Down

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The New Zealand Players Mexico Must Shut Down
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Mexico are rightfully firm favorites to overcome New Zealand in their two-legged World Cup playoff tie, but the North Americans' shaky form of late and the Kiwis' fighting spirit should ensure the contest is anything but a walkover.

The first leg of the playoff takes place on Thursday at Mexico's famed Azteca Stadium. The visitors will almost certainly be concentrating on maintaining a solid defense. However, an away goal would give the All Whites a huge boost going into the return leg six days later in Wellington.

New Zealand will be without their inspirational captain Winston Reid and striker Chris Killen due to injury, but there are other players in the squad that El Tri need to be wary of.   

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