9 Jun 2014

Junior All Whites make history against Brazil

11:54 am on 9 June 2014

The New Zealand under-20 men's footballers have made history in China, recording a 0-0 draw against Brazil to claim the first point for a New Zealand men's side against the world football powerhouse.

The two teams could not be separated over the 90 minutes at Shuangliu Stadium in the second match of the four-nation Panda Cup tournament.

The Brazilians finished the game with 10 men after a player was sent off in stoppage time.

After opening the tournament with a tight 1-0 loss to hosts China, the Junior All Whites stepped on their performance against the five-times FIFA under-20 champion Brazilian side which began their tournament with a 4-1 win over Croatia.

The previous six men's meetings of the two nations had been fruitless in result terms until Friday night - the All Whites were beaten in three games, the Oly Whites in their two games, and the Young All Whites in just one game.

The New Zealand women's team, the Football Ferns, recorded New Zealand's first win over Brazil last year at the Valais Cup in Switzerland, while the Junior Football Ferns claimed the first point in a 0-0 draw between the two nations at the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Russia.