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The All Whites tactician predicts celebration back home…

After watching his New Zealand outfit hold world champions Italy to a 1-1 draw, coach Ricki Herbert praised his men for what he considered to be the greatest result in the country’s football history.

“I think it is the most incredible result we've had,” he declared to AFP.

“I know it is early in the morning in New Zealand but I think there will be a lot of excitement back home. It's more than anything we have achieved in the history of the game. I think it will be embraced enormously."

“A lot of people felt we shouldn't be in the World Cup or felt the way we qualified was easy,” he added.

“I don't think anyone remotely gave us a chance. We are doing okay for a team that supposedly has some amateurs and shouldn't be in the World Cup.”

The All Whites will take on Paraguay on Thursday in the final round of Group F games.

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