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Rory Fallon scores for the All Whites, 2009

Rory Fallon scores for the All Whites, 2009

To qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup New Zealand had to win the Oceania Football Confederation Nations Cup – which they did easily – then face Bahrain, the fifth-placed team in the Asian confederation. The teams drew 0–0 in Bahrain; and before a sell-out crowd at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington, the All Whites won 1–0, to qualify. The moment shown here was the only scoring action of the match. It was just before half-time when Rory Fallon, who played professional football in England, headed home the vital goal.

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Neill Atkinson and Steve Watters, 'Football - Men’s international football', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 August 2022)

Story by Neill Atkinson and Steve Watters, published 5 Sep 2013, reviewed & revised 15 Jul 2016, updated 15 Sep 2016