Gheorghe Grozavs goal for Romania

#1 by jinshuiqian0713 , Fri Jan 10, 2020 3:13 am

WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- Mexico qualified for the World Cup after beating New Zealand 4-2 in the second leg of an inter-continental playoff Wednesday, bringing an end to one of its most troubled and divisive qualifying campaigns. Striker Oribe Peralta followed his double in the opening leg with a hat trick at Wellington to send his team to Brazil with an emphatic performance that left memories of recent difficulties at least partly erased. Mexico advanced with an aggregate score of 9-3 over the two legs. Mexico shed three coaches during a 10-match campaign in the CONCACAF confederation, during which it won only two games and scored just seven goals to finish fourth and to face the trial of a playoff with Oceania champions New Zealand for a World Cup spot. Under Miguel Herrera, loaned to the national team by the Mexican Leagues Club America, El Tri convincingly beat New Zealand both home and away to keep up its record as one of the most consistent of World Cup qualifiers. "We were expecting to be in the World Cup a long time ago but it wasnt like that," Mexican keeper Moise Munoz said. "So we had to play a couple of games more to be there. It was really tough and we expected it to be tough here in New Zealand. "They fought like warriors to the last minute and they deserve the credit also." Herrera chose not to select players based in Europe or elsewhere for his playoff against New Zealand, naming a starting lineup of locally-based players which included seven players from his own club. His team justified that policy and Herrera, having ended a period of instability in Mexico soccer, now hopes to be rewarded with a longer-term contract. Peralta had a hat trick before halftime as Mexico cut to pieces New Zealands defence which, after being too deep in Mexico, pushed too far forward Wednesday and was consistently exposed. Mexico opened up New Zealand on the flanks and, when it centred possession, found Peralta unopposed. Peralta scored in the 14th minute after taking a pass from Juan-Carlos Medina and chipping over oncoming goalkeeper Glen Moss. He scored again in the 28th minute when New Zealand was exposed on the left flank and for a third time in the 33rd minute. New Zealand pulled a goal back when Chris James scored from the penalty spot in the 79th minute. Striker Rory Fallon, whose goal against Bahrain on the same ground almost exactly a year ago sent New Zealand to the 2010 World Cup, scored four minutes later when he side-footed a close-range shot wide of Munoz. Carlos Pena then sealed the win for Mexico with a goal five minutes from fulltime. "Were just a bit disappointed we couldnt get that equalizer," New Zealand captain Tommy Smith said. "Obviously we strung a few more passes together tonight and hopefully that bodes well for the future." New Zealand had one scoring chance in the first half from a penalty in the 38th minute when striker Jeremy Brockie hurled himself to the ground at the feet of Munoz. The goalkeeper calmly picked himself up and saved Brockies shot, leaving the New Zealand striker without a goal in 41 international appearances. Balenciaga Shoes Clearance . Jeff Green and Jordan Crawford each scored 19 points, Bass added 15 points and had a game-saving block in the closing seconds Saturday, and the Celtics held on for a 103-100 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Balenciaga Sandals Discount . Dane Dobbie and Shawn Evans each had two goals and two assists for the Roughnecks (8-5), who outscored Minnesota 6-2 in the fourth quarter after being tied through 45 minutes. Curtis Dickson scored once and set up three more for Calgary and Dan MacRae, Geoff Snider, Tor Reinholdt, Karsen Leung and Matthew Dinsdale. -- Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf has been suspended two games for his hit from behind on Kevan Miller of the Bruins. Balenciaga Sandals Sale .Y. - Lou Williams scored 21 points and the Toronto Raptors beat New York 81-76 on Monday night in the Knicks preseason home opener. Balenciaga Triple S Black Sale . -- Downcast before the final game of what had been a difficult road trip, the Ottawa Senators found a way to dig out a little momentum in the desert before heading home.Switzerland will almost certainly claim a place in the knockout phase of the tournament if they can beat Romania at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday. Getting another win would give them two victories at the same European Championship finals for the first time following their 1-0 defeat of Albania on Saturday.The Swiss will come up against a Romania team which came close to holding host nation France in the opening match of the tournament. Only Dimitri Payets stunning goal a minute from the end stopped them from taking a point and losing 2-1 instead but the home win was merited. Fabian Schar celebrates the goal which gave Switzerland victory over Albania in their first Euro 2016 match From that perspective, the Romanians will be seeking improvement having had less than 36 per cent of possession at the Stade de France.New Arsenal signing Granit Xhaka is likely to be a key player for Switzerland having made more passes and had the most passes of anyone in his team against Albania.Team newsThe Switzerland line-up is likely to remain relatively the same against Romania after beating Albania 1-0 in their first Group A match last Saturday.Meanwhile, attacking midfielder Gabriel Torje will be pushing for a place in the Romania side after his substitute appearance against France at the Stade de France.Opta statsThe record between Romania and Switzerland is perfectly balanced with five wins each and two draws.Romania have failed to score more than one goal in each of their last eight matches against Switzerland. The last time they netted more than one was in November 1968 (2-0).Switzerlands 4-1 win over Romania in the 1994 World Cup is the only previous instance of these teams facing off at the finals stage of a major competition.Gheorghe Grozavs goal for Romania proved to be the difference between thhese sides when they last met in a friendly three years ago.dddddddddddd Bogdan Stancu celebrates scoring his sides penalty against France in a game they went on to lose 2-1 Romania have only won one of their 14 games at the European Championships, the victory coming in June 2000 against England (3-2).Romania have kept only one clean sheet in their 14 games at the European Championships (0-0 v France in June 2008).In the opening game against France, Romania conceded as many goals as they did over the whole qualifying campaign for Euro 2016 (2).Xherdan Shaqiri has had a hand in nine goals in his last eight competitive appearances for Switzerland (4 goals, 5 assists).Mersons predictionSwitzerland may have got an opening win against Albania but I wasnt particularly impressed with them. On the other hand I thought Romania did quite well against France on the opening night of the tournament. They could have been a goal up after just four minutes and its a different game if Hugo Lloris doesnt make that save. Im going for another draw here as I think Switzerland will make sure they dont lose this game. Romania also need at least a draw and if they can get that, they can go into the final group game needing a win to qualify. PAUL PREDICTS: 1-1BettingSwitzerland are Sky Bets 11/8 favourites for the victory on Wednesday evening, with Romania up against odds of 23/10 while the draw is a 2/1 chance. Switzerland are currently 7/2 to win Group A and just 1/12 to qualify, with Romania are given a 5/6 chance of making the knockout stages.Haris Seferovic heads the first goalscorer betting at 5/1 while Xherdan Shaqiri is enhanced from 9/2 to 11/2 to score in a Swiss win in Sky Bets Price Boosts. 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