Winston Reid’s Late Header Earns New Zealand First-Ever World Cup Point

Winston Reid’s Late Header Earns New Zealand First-Ever World Cup Point Winless in its 1982 World Cup debut, New Zealand earned its first World Cup point Tuesday in a 1-1 draw with Slovakia.

Winston Reid headed in an injury-time goal to avoid the loss for New Zealand.

Slovakia, which upset the Czech Republic and Poland in qualifying, was the more controlled team, but was stifled by New Zealand’s tight defense. Robert Vittek had the chance to double the lead for Slovakia in the 69th minute, but the Kiwi keeper Mark Paston made the save.

Player of the Game
Winston Reid, New Zealand

Reid’s late header lifted New Zealand to a 1-1 draw. On the defensive end, he also prevented Slovakia from doubling its lead with a slide tackle in the 69th minute.

Scoring Breakdown
Slovakia’s Vittek scored at the 50-minute mark on a header for a 1-0 lead. Reid’s goal tied it up in injury-time.

Notes
Reid picked up a yellow card for an exuberant shirtless celebration following his goal. …With Italy and Paraguay’s tie on Monday, all four teams have one point in Group F. …The 38,646-capacity stadium was only two-thirds full for the match.

Next
Slovakia goes up against Paraguay on Sunday, June 20 at 7:30 a.m. ET. New Zealand takes on Italy at 10 a.m.

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