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Weekend Herald - - What’s On -

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.

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