2018 World Cup Qualifying Playoffs - Peru vs New Zealand
2018 World Cup Qualifying Playoffs - Peru vs New Zealand Reuters

Peru and New Zealand have both failed to score in the first leg of 2018 FIFA World Cup playoff on 11 November, Saturday at Wellington Regional Stadium.

Although Peru tried to score away goals, the captain and the defender of New Zealand national team Winston Reid showed his skills to make obstruction.

The game plan was evident right from the kick-off, with the host opting for strong defensive play and ball clearances while Peru kept possession and passed the ball around.

While the forward from the visitors' side Jefferson Farfan missed a goal scoring opportunity in the first half of the playoff and New Zealand keeper Stefan Marinovic had managed to keep the ball out of the goal line, Andre Carrillo the winger from Peru threatened the hosts' defence.

Two Peruvian midfielders Edison Flores and Christian Cueva also showed their world-class skills and later took shots to score but unfortunately did not succeed.

Even though Peru was trying to dominate the ball game the team from Oceania group has blocked their way till the end of the game to break the pace of the visitors.

Peru came close again in the second half with set pieces in the 62nd minute but Marinovic did well to fend off the header from Aldo Corzo.

The home team seized control of the game in the finishing stages as a tired Peru lacked ideas and ended up relieved with a timid draw.

The second leg will be played at Estadio Nacional de Lima in Peru on 15 November, Wednesday, where the hosts will look for an opportunity to get into the main world cup event, from which they have been absent since 1982.