Sligo Rovers duo Nando Pijnaker and Max Mata each featured in New Zealand’s 2-1 pleasant win over China in Wellington.
ijnaker began at centre-back to lend a hand New Zealand finish a seven-game scoring drought handy China defeat.
An personal function from Zhu Chenjie and Matthew Garbett’s past due 2nd earned the All Whites their first win in nearly a 12 months.
Zhu headed Marco Rojas’ forty second minute loose kick into his personal web to present New Zealand their first function since securing a 5-0 win over the Solomon Islands in qualifying for the 2022 Global Cup finals final March.
The function got here after Alex Grieve had squandered the danger to place New Zealand forward from the penalty spot 8 mins previous, Yan Junling saving a poorly taken spot-kick following Wu Shaocong’s foul on Elijah Simply.
The Bit O’Pink’s in-form striker Mata was once then presented as a 2nd part change and Garbett added the second one within the 82nd minute when he managed Joe Bell’s move on his chest ahead of slotting previous Yan with a well-taken left-foot end.
The Chinese language claimed a comfort two mins into damage time as change Ba Dun bulletted a header into the highest nook of Oli Sail’s function.