Nov 13, 2013 at 7.30pm UK
Mexico
5-1
New ZealandNew Zealand
Aguilar (32'), Jimenez (40'), Peralta (48', 80'), Marquez (84')
FT(HT: 2-0)
James (85')
Wood (16'), Vicelich (57'), Durante (71'), Bertos (76'), James (89')

Result: Mexico thrash New Zealand

Mexico trounce New Zealand 5-1 in the first leg of their World Cup playoff at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City.

Mexico have beaten New Zealand 5-1 in the first leg of their CONCACAF/OFC World Cup qualifying playoff at the Azteca Stadium.

Mexico's forward Paul Aguilar celebrates after scoring against New Zealand during their FIFA World Cup intercontinental play-off football match in Mexico City on November 13, 2013© Getty Images

It took the hosts just over half an hour to break the deadlock, with Paul Aguilar picking up the pieces after Glen Moss had spilled a cross at his feet.

Raul Jimenez made it 2-0 eight minutes later with a header from Carlos Pena's corner kick.

A second-half double from Oribe Peralta put El Tri in firm control of the tie, before Rafael Marquez added a fifth with six minutes remaining.

However, they could not keep their sheet clean, as Christian James struck five minutes before the end to at least get the All Whites on the board ahead of the second leg in Wellington on November 19.

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