Led by Oribe Peralta, who scored a hat trick in 33 minutes, Mexico dominated the Kiwis 4-2 to book their spot in Brazil. The 9-3 aggregate win was a fair representation of how the tie went, with El Tri dominating every step of the way. They were always in control as they outclassed the Kiwis to win the playoff and clinch a place in the World Cup.
As superior as Mexico looked over the two legs, nobody looked better than Peralta. He scored two goals in the first match and on Wednesday he put El Tri in front after just 14 minutes when he took a lovely pass from Carlos Pena and chipped Glen Moss to kill New Zealand's last hopes of making a comeback.
Peralta was hardly done with his first goal, though. Just before the half-hour mark, Miguel Layun got down the left and hit the ball across for Peralta, who smashed the ball into the net for his second tally. Four minutes later, Pena picked up his second assist by feeding Peralta, who wrapped up his stellar night with another finish from close range that silenced a Westpac Stadium crowd that was boisterous and optimistic early on despite the Kiwis' considerable deficit. It was all-around domination for El Tri.
All the while, New Zealand failed to do much of anything with the ball. To their credit, they worked hard to try to pressure Mexico, but it was all for naught. They just didn't have the quality to get past El Tri and on their one decent foray forward, which earned them a penalty after Moises Munoz brought down Jeremy Brockie, the forward had his spot kick saved.
By the time New Zealand began to generate anything, the match was essentially over. Peralta had been substituted off when Christian James converted a penalty in the 80th minute and Fallon added a goal of his own three minutes later, but even then, Pena tallied one more for El Tri in the 87th minute.
Mexico had a nightmare 2013, struggling throughout the Hex and needing their rivals to take out Panama just to earn them a spot in the playoff against New Zealand, but right now, that doesn't mean a thing. They have a red-hot striker and a spot in Brazil.
New Zealand: Moss, Smith (Fenton 50'), Tuiloma, Roux, Durante, McGlinchey, Rojas (Henderson 73'), Henderson, James, Barbarouses, Smeltz (Fallon 54'), Brockie.
Goals: James 80', Fallon 83'.
Mexico: Munoz, Rodriguez, Marquez, Valenzuela, Layun, Aguilar, Medina, Pena, Montes (Escoboza 58'), Jimenez (De Nigris 68'), Peralta (Sinha 76').
Goals: Peralta 14', Peralta 29', Peralta 33', Pena 87'.