Wood hat-trick gives All Whites advantage

Auckland City midfielder Micah Lea'alafa will miss the Solomon Islands match against New Zealand after visa issues

All Whites coach Anthony Hudson has made a decision to release captain Chris Wood and midfielder Ryan Thomas for the second leg of the Oceania World Cup qualifying final.

Skipper Chris Wood and midfielder Ryan Thomas have been released by All Whites boss Anthony Hudson for Tuesday's World Cup qualifier second leg against the Solomon Islands in Honiara.

Ryan Thomas took advantage of some poor defending to give New Zealand a 4-0 lead, and Michael McGlinchey scored from a free kick in the 81st minute.

"I'm just pleased with the result and the way we applied ourselves", said Wood.

The victor of the two-legged tie will meet the fifth-placed South American side, now two-times World Cup champions Argentina, in an inter-continental playoff in November. "We came out and produced a professional performance and it showed in the scoreline which was nice".

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"I come back for two games, I don't come back for one", he said.

The treble was the first at worldwide level by a Burnley player for over 120 years, since Jack Yates scored a hat-trick for England in 1889.

Winston Reid, a West Ham defender who is the usual New Zealand captain, was unavailable for the match with a calf injury.

He had to wait until the 93rd minute to claim the match-ball, after going close with several other second-half chances, but did it in style with a superb 25-yard free-kick.

Burnley striker Chris Wood scored a hat-trick to help the home side to a commanding victory in Auckland that puts them on the brink of progressing to the intercontinental tie in November.

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