OFC final details confirmed

The All Whites celebrate winning the 2016 OFC Nations Cup. Photo: Shane Wenzlick / www.phototek.nz

The All Whites now know the details of the route they must take to earn a shot at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ after confirmation of the dates and venues for the Stage 3 final of Oceania qualifying.

New Zealand earned a place in the final in impressive fashion, holding off the challenges of New Caledonia and Fiji to top Group A without conceding a goal.

The race was much tighter in Group B as the Solomon Islands edged out Tahiti and Papua New Guinea on the last match day to secure a home-and-away meeting with the All Whites.

Anthony Hudson’s side will enjoy home advantage first up, taking on the Solomon Islands at Auckland’s QBE Stadium on Friday 1 September, before heading to Honiara for the return leg at Lawson Tama Stadium on Tuesday 5 September.

The aggregate winner across the two legs will then progress to a two-legged intercontinental play-off against the fifth-placed team from CONMEBOL in November for a place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™.

The full match details for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Qualifiers Stage 3 Final are as follows:

New Zealand vs Solomon Islands
QBE Stadium, Auckland
Friday 1 September
Kick-off: 7.35pm (local time)

Solomon Islands vs New Zealand
Lawson Tama Stadium, Honiara
Tuesday 5 September
Kick-off: 2pm (local time)

Tickets for the home game will be available via Ticketek and will go on sale from July 17.

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