'We keep on dreaming'


New Zealand defender Winston Reid, who almost chose Denmark before agreeing to play for the All Whites, headed a last-gasp goal to secure a 1-1 draw against Slovakia on Tuesday and secure their first ever World Cup point.

"I think the nation will be in reasonably good spirits tonight," said modest New Zealand coach Ricki Herbert. "We keep on dreaming. We have a chance like everyone else."

Asked if it was their best ever achievement he added:

"It would have to be. We have never picked up a point at a World Cup. We have thrown some really good punches tonight and got what I thought was an extremely good result".

Photograph: Reuters

Image: New Zealand's Winston Reid (left) takes off his jersey as he celebrates his goal with team mates