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As it happened: All Whites v El Salvador

Published: 12:55PM Thursday May 24, 2012 Source: ONE Sport

Keep up with the action as the All Whites take on El Salvador in an international friendly in Houston.

Full-time El Salvador 2 New Zealand 2
The match ends as a draw which is probably a fair result for both sides. Neither team looked to push really hard to take the game in the dying stages. Ricki Herbert will be pleased with the way his young side fought back after falling behind in each half. A memorable debut for Ian Hogg who scored his first goal. They will now look ahead to their next match against Honduras on Sunday.

New Zealand try to press for a late winner, but can't really create much.

El Salvador pile on the pressure and Paston has to come out to punch away a corner. New Zealand look to be struggling again.

Howieson whips a good ball into the box for Chris Wood. however Wood can't control it and pushes his attempted header wide.

Jeremy Brockie and Cameron Howieson enter the game from the substitutes bench

Ben Sigmund overruns El Salvadoran striker Marc Blanco to give them a half chance. Blanco's shot is well wide however.

63min El Salvador 2 New Zealand 2
Just as it looked as though New Zealand were being played out of the match Kosta Barbarouses equalises. Smeltz shot was blocked by the keeper, but Barbarouses was there to fire in the rebound. Herbert makes his first change after the goal with Smeltz replaced by Chris Wood.

El Salvador make a few substitutions, Ricki Herbert is yet to go to his bench.

55min El Salvador 2 New Zealand 1
New Zealand concede an own goal. Burgos' cross is deflected into the net by Michael Boxall and the New Zealand defender is gutted.

New Zealand successfully defend a corner, it looked dangerous briefly but they managed to scramble well to avert the threat.

Rojas hits the post. He'd beaten the final defender with some nice footwork. He put his shot past the keeper, but just couldn't beat the post and another chance goes begging

Half-time El Salvador 1 New Zealand 1
It's all even after a very entertaining half of football. Both sides have looked to attack and have been rewarded with a goal each. New Zealand may be a little disappointed to have missed out on a couple of good chances, but more goals seem inevitable.

Barbarouses in the box again, but again can't find his man with the cross and the ball is headed away.

A long range effort from El Salvador just flies over the bar.

Barbarouses does exceptionally well to beat two defenders and get into the box, however he can't find his two men on the far post with a poor delivery that was easily dealt with by the keeper.

Mark Paston has to make a save as Nelson Bonilla gets a shot off. The New Zealand stopper does well to chest the ball away over the cross bar.

New Zealand starting to look dangerous now as Barbarouses puts a lovely ball through to Smeltz, but the keeper is able to deal with it.

28min El Salvador 1 New Zealand 1
Ian Hogg scores on debut! With his first attacking touch in the national side. It was a lovely run down the left hand side and a superb finish across the face of the goal to level the scores.

The All Whites force another corner and Bertos' delivery is good, however it's easily dealt with by the El Salvadoran defence.

Ben Sigmund gets a yellow card for a dangerous tackle, cutting down his man from behind. El Salvador can't get past the wall with their free kick.

13min El Salvador 1 New Zealand 0
El Salvador get the first strike of the game against the run of play. New Zealand goalkeeper Mark Paston misjudged a through ball, coming out to try and shut it down, but Rafael Burgos gets there first and chips it over his head into the net.

A fantastic opportunity for the All Whites has been squandered, Vicelich put Michael McGlinchey through on goal with a fantastic through ball, but his shot went directly at the El Salvadoran keeper.

The All Whites had an early opportunity with a free kick taken by Leo Bertos, but MarcoRojas' shot flew high over the bar.


The All Whites are giving a nod to the future today as they look to field a young squad to take on El Salvador in the build up to their 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign.

Young defender Tommy Smith has been handed the captain's arm-band for the first time in the absence of the injured Ryan Nelsen.

El Salvador will pose a tough challenge for the New Zealanders, they are currently ranked 49th in the world way ahead of the All Whites who have slid to 130 since their World Cup appearance in 2010.

They will also have plenty of support at the new stadium in Houston Texas.

New Zealand (probable): Mark Paston, Ben Sigmund, Michael Boxall, Tommy Smith, Ivan Vicelich, Leo Bertos, Michael McGlinchey, Ian Hogg, Marco Rojas, Shane Smeltz, Kosta Barbarouses. Substitutes: Glen Moss, Jake Gleeson, Jeremy Brockie, Adam McGeorge, Aaron Clapham, Cameron Howieson, Tim Payne, Chris Wood.

El Salvador (from): Dagoberto Portillo, Benji Villalobos, Alfredo Pacheco, Xavier Garcia, Victor Turcios, Carlos Monteagudo, Steve Purdy, Alexander Mendoza, Milton Molina, Dennis Alas (captain), Ramon Sanchez, Eliseo Quintanilla, Osael Romero, Jaime Alas, Edwin Sanchez, Elder Figueroa, Arturo Alvarez, Darwin Ceren, Isidro Gutierrez, Ricardo Ulloa, Lester Blanco, Rafael Burgos, Maikon Orellana, Nelson Bonilla.