Reid earns All Whites a point

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - World Cup -

WIN­STON Reid scored a dra­matic equaliser deep into in­jury time to give New zealand their first-ever point in the World Cup fi­nals.

It was also New zealand’s first goal in the fi­nals for 28 years and sparked wild cel­e­bra­tions among the All Whites sup­port­ers in­side the Royal Bafo­keng sta­dium.

Reid was booked for his own cel­e­bra­tion when he ripped off his shirt and twirled it around his head af­ter bul­let­ing home a header from Shane Smeltz’s cross.

It was an his­toric moment in New zealand foot­ball, con­sid­er­ing the Ki­wis had lost all three of their pre­vi­ous group matches at their only other ap­pear­ance in the fi­nals in 1982.

Reid’s late strike can­celled out a 50th-minute goal from Slo­vakia’s Robert Vit­tek, which was also his­toric. It was the nation’s first-ever goal in their de­but match at the World Cup fi­nals.

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