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WORLD CUP HOPES ENDED FOR TOMMY

20 November 2013

No successive finals for Town defender as All Whites go down to Mexico

Tommy Smith’s hopes of playing in a second successive World Cup are over after New Zealand were beaten by Mexico in their Play-Off. 

The All Whites faced an uphill task after going down 5-1 in the first-leg in the Azteca Stadium and the tie was effectively over early in the second-leg in Wellington, with the talented Mexicans three goals up at the break. 

New Zealand pulled a couple of goals back in the latter stages but eventually went down 4-2 on the night and 9-3 on aggregate. 

Tommy, who skippered the side, won’t return from New Zealand until Friday morning and Blues’ boss Mick McCarthy rates him as doubtful for the weekend game against Leicester.

Also in international action overnight were Christophe Berra, who picked up his 28th cap for Scotland as a late substitute in their 1-0 win in Norway and Carlos Edwards, who made his 88th appearance for Trinidad and Tobago in their 2-0 win over Jamaica.
 


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