Point of Pride

The All Whites have secured their first ever point at a FIFA tournament in the South African Confederations Cup. Though goal-less for all three matches played, the New Zealand team — dressed in black for their final game — held on for a 0–0 draw against Iraq. “I think tonight’s another milestone for the country,” coach Ricki Herbert said. “The team, I thought, were magnificent. We’ve never come to a tournament and gained a point and we’ve never come to a tournament and dominated a game.” Goalkeeper Glen Moss, who saved one shot with his head late in the match, was also happy with the point. “It’s a pretty proud moment, to be honest,” Moss said. “We really wanted to play with a bit of pride tonight and show everyone that we can play in this competition and we should be here.” New Zealand qualified for the tournament as champions of Oceania, a region it is expected to dominate since the defection of Australia to the Asian confederation.


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