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New Zealand hold Peru goalless in first leg

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New Zealand hold Peru goalless in first leg New Zealand's goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic pulls off a vital save during the World Cup play-off first leg against Peru in Wellington on Saturday. Reuters

Wellington: New Zealand weathered a lack of possession and territory to hold Peru to a goalless draw in the first leg of their World Cup play-off at Wellington Regional Stadium on Saturday.

The South Americans, ranked 10th in the world and heavily favored to advance to next year's finals in Russia, had only two real chances to score a crucial away goal as home captain Winston Reid marshaled the All Whites' defense with aplomb.

New Zealand goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic made a goal-line save after a mix-up in defense and then tipped over a header from Aldo Corzo in the second half as the home team held their shape in the intercontinental play-off.

All Whites midfielder Ryan Thomas had arguably the best chance, but his 85th-minute shot flashed centimeters wide of the right-hand post and the sides head to Lima deadlocked for the second leg on Wednesday.

"It is a really strong result for us, big result and we are pleased with where we are at," All Whites coach Anthony Hudson told reporters. "But our feet are right on the ground.

"We haven't achieved anything yet. We still want to get to Russia. All we have to do is score one goal and that puts added pressure on them.

"We are very confident we can go there and score."

Burnley striker Chris Wood started on the New Zealand bench after coming into the camp with a hamstring injury, but was subbed on with 16 minutes left as the All Whites looked for a goal.

The Peruvians, under immense pressure to qualify for a first World Cup since 1982, dominated early, with midfielder Christian Cueva and forward Jefferson Farfan causing problems for the hosts' defense.

Despite their superior possession, they had only one genuine chance in the first half when Marinovic pawed the ball away inches from the line after a defensive mix-up with Reid.

The Vancouver Whitecaps goalkeeper was also called into action in the 63rd minute when he pushed a powerful Corzo header from a corner over the bar.

Wood forced the only real save by Pedro Gallese with his first touch before Thomas had his chance to send the crowd of 37,034 into delirium when a loose ball fell to him.

His shot flashed just wide.

"We deserved a little bit more," Peru coach Ricardo Gaerca told reporters through an interpreter. "We had control of the game, but couldn't score.

"The All Whites are very tough. They have a very good organization, but we will improve. I know we can play better."

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