Monday 18 December 2017

Herbert determined to keep Kiwi dream alive

Carl Markham

New Zealand coach Ricki Herbert plans to give Paraguay a hard time in today's final Group F match as his side look to create another piece of history.

A draw could be enough to put the All Whites into the second round, providing Italy versus Slovakia finishes in a lower-scoring draw. They have already drawn against the other two teams in Group F but Paraguay pose the greatest threat of them all with their attack-minded side.

"I think it's been an outstanding World Cup. What we have done so far is incredible and it has gone pretty deep back home and we are all really proud," said Herbert.

"We haven't been on the world stage for 28 years and we wanted to be credible and get results -- but we have a unique opportunity of taking it one step further. I don't think we will hold back. I think we're competitive -- nothing else and no different to a lot of sides here.

"Our aerial dominance has caused a lot of teams problems and hopefully we can do it again. Paraguay have some wonderful players but so did Italy and they got little from us." (© Independent News Service)

Irish Independent

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