New Zealand and Fiji have started on the right foot in the Oceania qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, where only eight of the 11 selected from the Oceania Football Confederation will play in the same tournament in Doha.
New Zealand beat Papua New Guinea (0-1) thanks to a goal from Ben Wayne (30’ST) to qualify for the World Cup against a Congolese rival.
In another match, Fiji defeated New Caledonia 1-2 to share the “B” Division lead with New Zealand.
Fiji won the match with a goal from Cyrus Nalapu (11’PT). Although Caledonia managed to level the score with Jordan Vetria (33’ST), Fiji retained all three points for Nalabu’s second goal in 44’ST.
Qualifying rounds with matches between Cook Islands and Cook Islands will continue tomorrow. Tahiti and the Solomon Islands vs. Vanuatu, by Group “A”.
Group “B” matches Papua New Guinea vs. New Caledonia and New Zealand vs. Fiji
These qualifying rounds started on Thursday after being postponed twice due to Govt-19 as they were scheduled to start in September 2020 and then in June 2021.
A few days before the draw for the World Cup (April 1), it was decided to play the only match in which Samoa, American Samoa and Tonga did not participate.
The eight teams will be divided into two groups, with the first two teams qualifying for the semifinals. The final will be held on March 30.
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