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    All Whites World Cup play-off dates set

    The All Whites will meet Peru in Wellington on November 11 in the first leg of their two-match intercontinental World Cup play-off.

    The All Whites will play the first leg of their intercontinental World Cup play-off against Peru in Wellington on November 11, New Zealand Football confirmed on Sunday.

    Governing body Fifa says the home leg will be staged at Westpac Stadium on Saturday, November 11, with kick-off at 4.15pm.

    The away leg will be played at the Estadio Nacional de Lima in Peru's capital on November 15, with kick-off at 9.15pm local time (November 16 at 3.15pm NZT).

    NZF chief executive Andy Martin said was pleased to finally have the dates confirmed.

    "The interest in this World Cup qualifier from the media and the New Zealand football community has been huge," he said.

    "Now it's confirmed, we can complete our preparations and look forward to one of the biggest sports events in New Zealand."

    Martin said Fifa had listened to the requests of both national teams, and recognised the exceptional travel in the international window for both sides, and had as a result extended the window.

    "We're pleased that Fifa have extended the window by a day and ensured that both teams will have a chance to travel, recover from their jet-lag and be at their best for the home and away qualifiers."

    Tickets for the home leg go on sale on Tuesday at midday for the wait-list, which already has 10,000 fans signed on, and to the general public on Friday at midday.

    "Football fans in this country have great memories of that magical night in Wellington when the All Whites beat Bahrain to qualify for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa," Martin said

    "The folklore around that game is huge, and we want to re-create that atmosphere on November 11."

    The All Whites qualified for the intercontinental play-off after defeating the Solomon Islands 8-3 on aggregate in the final stage of Oceania qualifying, while Peru are one step away from Russia after finishing as the fifth-ranked side in the South American confederation.

    New Zealand have qualified for the World Cup twice, in 1982 and in 2010, while Peru have made four World Cup Finals, most recently in 1982.

    The two teams have never played before.

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