New Zealand vs. Mexico: World Cup Playoff Live Score, Highlights, Recap

Sam Tighe@@stighefootballWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterNovember 19, 2013

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FIFA World Cup Play-off Second Leg

New Zealand 2-4 Mexico

Scorers: Peralta (15', 30', 33'), James (80'), Fallon (83'), Pena (87')


Mexico sealed their place at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in style by downing New Zealand 4-2.

Their 5-1 win in the first leg at home meant it was always going to be near-impossible for the Kiwis to stage a comeback, and after a frenetic, end-to-end start El Tri's quality began to shine through.

A first-half hat-trick from Oribe Peralta put the tie beyond the reach of Richard Herbert's men, and despite a late goal flurry from the home side, they bow out second-best.