NZ thrash Solomon Islands, Tahiti hammered

New Zealand took control of Oceania's third round qualifying group for the 2014 World Cup with a 6-1 thrashing of the Solomon Islands in Auckland.

The victory at North Harbour Stadium gave the All Whites the maximum six points after the first two matches.

New Zealand - who qualified for the 2010 World Cup finals - had been humbled 2-0 by New Caledonia in the semi-finals of the Oceania Nations Cup in June, which cost them an opportunity of a big payday at next year's Confederations Cup in Brazil.

Ricki Herbert's side, however, have not taken their Pacific island neighbours so lightly for World Cup qualifying, beating New Caledonia 2-0 last Friday and then producing another controlled performance on Tuesday.

"In the first 30 minutes we knew they would throw everything at us up front and pressure us defensively so we knew we had to go back to front pretty quickly," All Whites captain Ryan Nelsen said.

"We knew if we got our timing right we could get in behind them. It didn't quite work in the first half but we grinded them down in the second and got our opportunities."

Shane Smeltz and Kosta Barbarouses gave the All Whites a 2-0 lead by half-time, though Solomon's captain Henry Fa'arodo got his side back in the match when he took a long pass first time and swept it past goalkeeper Mark Paston just after the break.

Chris Killen scored New Zealand's third with a header after replacement goalkeeper Paul Huia was trapped in no man's land before Tony Lochhead, Chris Wood and Marco Rojas completed the rout as the visitors defence fell apart in the final 20 minutes.

"They did get back into the game at 2-1 but ... once we got the third we knew it was going to be a case of how many," Nelsen added.

"Unfortunately we were a little bit too easy on them at the end and we should have put more away."

New Caledonia scored three goals inside five minutes on the way to a comfortable 4-0 win over Oceania champions Tahiti in Papeete.

The loss for Tahiti, who will represent the region at next year's Confederations Cup in Brazil, severely dampened any hopes they may have had of returning to South America for the World Cup finals.

Tahiti were without captain Nicolas Vallar, who was suspended after being sent off in their opening 2-0 loss to the Solomons.

The first half was evenly balanced with both sides creating several opportunities before Cesar Lolohea opened the scoring with a long range shot that came back off the post and rebounded in off Tahiti goalkeeper Xavier Samin in the 57th minute.

He then provided a cross for Bertrand Kai to nod home in the 60th minute to give New Caledonia a 2-0 lead.

Two minutes later Lolohea's delicate chip found Georges Gope-Fenepej, who tucked the ball away to put the game beyond doubt. Gope-Fenepej completed the rout in the 90th minute with his second goal.

This final stage of qualifying in the Oceania region consists of a single pool of the four teams, all playing each other home and away.

The winner of the pool advances to face the fourth-placed team from the Central and North American confederation (CONCACAF) in a two-legged play-off for a spot in Brazil.

The third round of matches is on Octover 12 with Tahiti hosting New Zealand in Papeete and the Solomon Islands playing New Caledonia in Honiara,

This final stage of qualifying in the Oceania region consists of a single pool of the four teams, all playing each other home and away.

The winner of the pool advances to face the fourth-placed team from the Central and North American confederation (CONCACAF) in a two-legged play-off for a spot in Brazil.

The third round of matches is on October 12 with Tahiti hosting New Zealand in Papeete and the Solomon Islands playing New Caledonia in Honiara.