Snake-brandishing men 'curse' All Whites

Ryan Thomas says the All Whites don't see themselves as underdogs any more

The Blanquirroja and the All Whites played out a goalless draw in the first leg in Wellington on Saturday and Farfan said the clash at Estadio Nacional in Lima would be just as hard, reports Xinhua new sagency.

Peru coach Ricardo Gareca is expecting New Zealand to think only of defending in the second leg of their playoff on Wednesday as the visitors try to reach next year's World Cup in Russian Federation.

New Zealand coach Anthony Hudson accepts that Peru is the favorite, but he cautioned "we're not here on vacation". Peru have the heavy favourites, paying $1.11. Peru hasn't been to the tournament since 1982.

"The longer the tie stays the way it is, the more it will go in our favour".

"And because of that pressure, I think they're going to start very fast".

New Zealand last qualified for FIFA World Cup in 2010.

Coached by Argentinean Ricardo Gareca, the red-white returned to its homeland from New Zealand on Saturday 11 at 06:15 PM (local time).

"Well you haven't been to a World Cup either for 30 years have you?" said Reid, prompting a hush to come across the room. "So we will see".

Guerrero is unavailable after failing a dope test last month.

Jefferson Farfan, who will be called on to score in Guerrero's absence, said Peru would have to "search for any way to get through the defensive fence".

"There was a witch doctor who put a curse on the New Zealand team, men stamped on a poster of the New Zealand team, waving a live snake above their heads, while steam from a potion wafted through the air".



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