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Kiwi coach says pressure on Peru in World Cup playoff

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 00:31

New Zealand coach Anthony Hudson says his team are used to 'difficult siuations' as they prepare to face Peru in their World Cup play-off

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SHOWS: LIMA, PERU (NOVEMBER 14, 2017) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) NEW ZEALAND NATIONAL SOCCER TEAM HEAD COACH, ANTHONY HUDSON, SAYING: "The team's used to this situation. Four years ago in Mexico, opening game in Confederation Cup against Russia, away to Mexico, away to Japan. Like this team is used to difficult situations. In fact, I would say, we're probably more suited and more resilient away from home than we are at home, because we are not used to playing at home." STORY: New Zealand coach Anthony Hudson said his side are pressure-free and brimming with confidence ahead of Wednesday's (November 15) World Cup playoff second leg against Peru. New Zealand are underdogs for the encounter in Lima after Saturday's (November 11) first leg in Wellington ended in a goalless draw. Hudson, however, said his team were used to playing away and ready to thwart Peru's attempt to reach the finals for the first time since 1982. New Zealand expect to have striker Chris Wood back in the starting lineup after injury limited him to a late substitute appearance in Wellington. The winner of Wednesday's intercontinental playoff will join 31 other teams in Russia next year.

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Kiwi coach says pressure on Peru in World Cup playoff

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 00:31