World Cup qualifier, today 3.30pm. A-League, today 7.30pm/9.45pm; tomorrow 4.30pm/ 9pm; Friday 11.30pm (delayed). NZ Premiership, tomorrow 2pm.
There’s nothing bigger than this. The All Whites chase a dream but it could just as easily turn into a nightmare. On paper, the All Whites have no reason to even contemplate the impossible. After all, Peru are a top 10 country on the latest Fifa rankings, New Zealand a distant 122 squeezed between Vietnam and Tajikistan. Fifteen years ago, Peru were at their worst (82nd in the rankings), while New Zealand were at their highest (49). The South Americans booked their place in this Last Chance Saloon with three draws and three 2-1 wins — away to Ecuador and home to Bolivia and Uruguay in 2017. In all, the Peruvians have had seven wins, six losses and five draws in their qualifying campaign stretching back to October 2015. The All Whites have had nothing like that preparation. Yet there remains the feeling that all is not lost and Anthony Hudson and his band of men can pull off something here and keep the tie alive heading to Lima, where the second leg will be played on Thursday afternoon (NZT). The Nix are at the same ground tomorrow to face old rivals Perth Glory in very much an afterthought after today's the Lord Mayor's show. Waitakere United host Southern United in local league action tomorrow.