16 Oct 2012

Sport: Crunch time approaches in Oceania football qualifiers

11:40 am on 16 October 2012

The All Whites fear Tahiti could take a reckless approach into Tuesday night's football world cup qualifier in Christchurch.

Tahiti are winless after three games and their hopes of advancing to the next stage of qualifying are all but over and coach Ricki Herbert fears that could lead to the visitors taking an over physical approach.

Tuesday's other clash between New Caledonia and Solomon Islands in Noumea is a must-win for both sides, if they want to keep their slim qualifying hopes alive.

Les Cagous were 6-2 winners in Honiara on Friday, and only trail New Zealand by three points, but Solomons skipper Henry Fa'arodo believes his team can turn it around and says anything can happen in football.