Confident Bonitos hold All Whites in nail biting qualifier
Solomon Islands have drawn 2-2 against the mighty All Whites in a nail biting encounter at Lawson Tama Stadium in Honiara.
New Zealand got the better hand in the first half after Myer Bevan scored his first international goal after he followed up a Kosta Barbarouses strike.
The Bonitos side however had some decent chances with Gagame Feni and Micah Lea’alafa producing numbers of shots on goal.
The All Whites took the lead again after Nelson Sale headed the ball into his own net from a Kosta Barbarouses, much to the delight of the Kiwis, piling more misery on the home side.
Micah Lea’alfa was the star of the home team, producing threning runs down the All Whites defence and sending crosses, only to be squandered by Benjamin Totori.
The Bonitos got their reward after Lea’alafa was brought down inside the penalty late in the first half, the Auckland city forward wasted no time in sending Stefan Marinovic the wrong way.
The second half was a different story as the home side dominated the game earlier with Atkin Kaua , and Benjamin Totori nearly scoring from outside the box.
Solomons veteran midfielder James Naka’s inclusion added more flair to the attack, and linking up with the ever threatening Feni up front causing havoc for the Kiwis.
The home side got their equaliser after James Naka was brought down in the penalty box, and Captai Hendry Fa’arodo wasted no time sending Marinovic the wrong way.
New Zealand will now progress to the next stage of the World cup qualifier, where they face the 5th placed South American side.