New Zealand vs Peru 11/11/2017
An economist has estimated that the effect of Peru’s first World Cup qualification in more than 35 years would be dramatic for the country. It could be worth more than US$1 billion to the Peruvian economy should they prevail in this two-legged Intercontinental playoff against New Zealand.
After the first leg in Wellington, both teams will fly to Peru for the return leg in Lima on Thursday, 16 November.
New Zealand reached the intercontinental play-off stage by topping their Oceania World Cup qualifying group by winning four games and drawing once against New Caledonia in the group stage.
The All Whites then progressed past the Soloman Islands in the two-legged final. They won 8-3 on aggregate.
Meanwhile, Peru had a thrilling run in the CONMEBOL zone, kicking out the likes of South American champions Chile, Paraguay and Ecuador.
They will be without captain Paolo Guerrero and all-time leading scorer Paolo Guerrero though. The dead-ball specialist is provisionally suspended for 30 days after failing an anti-doping test.
New Zealand’s Premier League stars, Chris Wood and Winston Reid, also the country’s most important players, have been passed fit for the contest.