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Played
November 20, 2013 1:00 AM EST
Westpac Stadium — Wellington
Referee:‬ F. Brych‎
Attendance:‬ 35206‎
 
80′ (PG) Chris James
O. Peralta 14′
83′ Rory Fallon
O. Peralta 29′
 
O. Peralta 33′
 
C. Peña 86′
   
 
 

Player Ratings: New Zealand 2-4 Mexico (3-9 on Aggregate)

Goal rates the performances from both sides after Mexico raced out to a second-leg victory to qualify for next summer's World Cup in Brazil.

By Keith Hickey

  • Glen Moss
    8
    4
    2.00

    Glen Moss

    Couldn't do much to keep his side in the game given the talent gap. Managed a few stops, though.

  • Andrew Durante
    1
    6
    1.50

    Andrew Durante Flop of the Match

    Often overmatched, and had real difficulty dealing with the pace and technical ability of the Mexico offense. Thankful to Moss that Jimenez didn't burn him for pace.

  • Bill Tuiloma
    1
    5
    1.50

    Bill Tuiloma

    Alone at the back post for the opener, caught standing as Peralta raced by to complete his hat trick. Taken off after picking up a knock.

  • Storm Roux
    2
    5
    2.00

    Storm Roux

    Pulled out of position, was helpless watching as Peralta beat Smith and Moss on the opener.

  • Tommy Smith
    1
    5
    1.50

    Tommy Smith

    Showed plenty of willingness to fight, but little ability to match the ambition. Consistently beaten by Peralta, he was probably most at fault for two goals.

  • Chris James
    4
    2
    3.00

    Chris James

    For the second game in a row, gave his nation a bit of pride as he converted a penalty for the first All Whites goal. Showed a willingness to fight.

  • Michael McGlinchey
    1
    4
    2.00

    Michael McGlinchey

    A pretty anonymous night as the Kiwi midfield labored to put anything coherent together,

  • Marco Rojas
    5
    5
    2.50

    Marco Rojas

    Showed a few moments of inventiveness, with a nice dribbling run early on and the pass that Brockie got on the end of before winning the penalty.

  • Costa Barbarouses
    3
    5
    3.00

    Costa Barbarouses

    New Zealand's spark in midfield, he gad a few good forays up-field, but stepped it up in the second when he drew the second penalty and provided the assist on Fallon's goal.

  • Shane Smeltz
    2
    4
    2.00

    Shane Smeltz

    Was definitely on the field for a while. Then he was subbed off for the much more effective Fallon. A victim of his side's early failings, but not a night the NZ veteran will want to remember,

  • Jeremy Brockie
    3
    4
    2.00

    Jeremy Brockie

    Worked hard to little effect. Won the penalty, but the former Toronto man couldn't convert.

Substitutions

  • Craig Henderson
    1
    5
    2.50

    Craig Henderson

    Brought on as New Zealand searched for a bit of pride.

  • Rory Fallon
    3
    3
    3.50

    Rory Fallon

    Came on, scored a goal. Exactly what you want in your substitute.

  • Moisés Muñóz
    14
    8
    3.50

    Moisés Muñóz

    Conceded a penalty, but then saved it. Couldn't stop the second spot kick, but the blame can hardly be placed at his doorstep. Little to do beyond the penalties.

  • Rodríguez
    12
    8
    3.00

    Rodríguez

    Didn't really have much to do. Though some might blame him for allowing the cross on the second New Zealand goal, the worse crime was the marking on Fallon.

  • Juan Carlos Valenzuela
    7
    12
    3.00

    Juan Carlos Valenzuela

    The Mexican defense had about 80 really comfortable minutes, then a final period where they looked all over the place.

  • Miguel Arturo Layun
    22
    3
    3.00

    Miguel Arturo Layun

    A fine run and cross to set up Peralta's second goal of the night, and nearly had one under his own name. Defensive question marks though, as he left Fallon unmarked on the far post to score.

  • Paul Nicolás Aguilar
    15
    5
    3.00

    Paul Nicolás Aguilar

    The inverse of Layun. Good defensive work, a bit less willing to get forward and hit in crosses.

  • Rafa Márquez
    25
    3
    2.50

    Rafa Márquez

    The veteran brings leadership and aerial ability, but once again, his decision-making will be questioned as he conceded a late penalty.

  • C. Peña
    26
    2
    4.00

    C. Peña

    A wonderful night of playmaking, the only player close to rivaling Peralta for the man of the match award. Assisted the first and third goals, and scored the fourth himself to end hopes of a New Zealand comeback.

  • J. Medina
    17
    3
    3.50

    J. Medina

    Sat deep and easily dealt with New Zealand for most of the match.

  • L. Montes
    15
    3
    3.00

    L. Montes

    The Mexico midfield controlled and created a lot more than their New Zealand opposites.

  • O. Peralta
    30
    2
    4.50

    O. Peralta Top of the Match

    The Santos Laguna man has forced his way into the main striking role with El Tri, and gave further evidence of that with his fantastic hat trick performance here. If New Zealand entertained any thoughts of a comeback, they were dashed as Peralta chipped his shot over Smith and Moss, and ground into dust with Peralta's triple salvo in the first half.

  • R. Jiménez
    14
    8
    3.00

    R. Jiménez

    Plenty of threat, but despite some really promising efforts, wasn't able to match his striking partner's finishing output. At least two situations where he really should have had a goal.

Substitutions

  • J. Escoboza
    7
    6
    3.00

    J. Escoboza

    Came on for Montes and set up Pena's late goal.

  • Antonio Matías
    6
    9
    2.00

    Antonio Matías

    The veteran replaced hero Peralta to help Mexico try and control the game, but really didn't help much as the All-Whites scored twice late.

  • A. De Nigris
    9
    13
    2.50

    A. De Nigris

    Came on as a sub and put a decent shift of work in.

Results
Inter-confederation play-offs 2nd Leg
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Player Ratings
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Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
O. Peralta O. Peralta
Striker
Santos Laguna
5 0
Chris James Chris James
Midfielder
KuPS
2 1
Rafa Márquez Rafa Márquez
Defender
Leon
1 0
Cristian Rodríguez Cristian Rodríguez
Midfielder
Atlético de Madrid
1 0
Maxi Pereira Maxi Pereira
Defender
Benfica
1 0