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Wood Fires Hat-Trick As All Whites Close In On World Cup Play-Off

1 September 2017

Clarets striker Chris Wood fired a hat-trick in New Zealand’s comprehensive 6-1 play-off final victory over the Solomon Islands in Auckland on Friday.

Wood, who opened his Clarets account with a dramatic late equaliser against Spurs at Wembley last weekend, struck three times for the All-Whites in the two-legged Oceania section of World Cup qualifying.

The treble was the first at international level by a Burnley player for over 120 years, since Jack Yates scored a hat-trick for England in 1889.

New Zealand are now strong favourites to complete the job against the Solomon Islands in Honiara on Tuesday and qualify for the inter-continental World Cup play-off against the fifth-placed South American side in November.

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