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New Zealand v Bahrain Result
|Wellington - Westpac Stadium||Score|
|Rory Fallon (45')||1-0 (1-0)|
|Ref: Jorge Larrionda|
New Zealand have made it to the World Cup finals for the first time since Spain in 1982. Plymouth Argyle striker Rory Fallon headed the winner in first half stoppage tim to give the Kiwi's a 1-0 aggregate win over Bahrain. In a scrappy match, New Zealand had the better chances in the first half. Bahrain responded well in the second half and had the chance to equalise when awarded a penalty in the 50th minute. However,Sayed Mohamed Adnan contived to miss from the sport as New Zealand keeper Mark Paston saved the spot kick. Bahrain pressed but ultimately ran out of ideas and New Zealand held on for a historic win.
History will be made on Saturday morning regardless of the result between New Zealand and Bahrain in this 2010 World Cup play-off match. A win for New Zealand will mark a return to the finals for the first time since 1982 whilst a score draw will be enough for Bahrain to make the World Cup for the first time. The first leg between these teams ended goalless so advantage New Zealand at the return leg in Wellington.
The bookmakers make New Zealand favourites with Blackburn Rovers captain Ryan Nelson leading the team. Plymouth Argyle striker Rory Fallon will be looking to replicate his scoring form domestically for his country and fire them into the World Cup finals. Bahrain on the other hand will have to do without their striker Ala'a Hubail if they're going to be the smallest country ever to play in the World Cup.
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