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New Zealand and Peru to play Intercontinental Play-offs on 11-15 November

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New Zealand will face Peru in the Intercontinental Play-off and FIFA has confirmed the home leg will be staged at Westpac Stadium in Wellington on Saturday, 11 November, with kick-off at 4.15pm.

The away leg will be played at the Estadio Nacional de Lima in Peru’s capital on Wednesday, 15 November, with kick-off at 9.15pm (Thursday 16 November at 3.15pm), informs Oceania Football Confederation.

New Zealand Football Chief Executive Andy Martin said it was great to have the dates confirmed for the biggest window of the year.

“We have been waiting for this confirmation for some time so we are pleased we can start building towards hosting Peru on 11 November,” said Martin.

“The interest in this FIFA World Cup qualifier from the media and the New Zealand football community has been huge and our team has been inundated with calls on these details. Now it is confirmed we can complete our preparations and look forward to one of the biggest sports events in New Zealand.”

The All Whites have never played Peru throughout their history. New Zealand qualified for the Intercontinental Play-off after they defeated the Solomon Islands 8-3 on aggregate in the OFC Final Stage, while Peru are one step away from Russia after they finished as the fifth-ranked side in CONMEBOL.

New Zealand have been to the FIFA World Cup on two occasions, in 1982 and in 2010, while Peru have qualified for four World Cup Finals but not since 1982, 35 years ago.