Oceania neighbours New Caledonia have lost their third group game at the FIFA U-17 Men’s World Cup, slumping 5-0 to Iran.
The loss follows big defeats to England (10-0) and to Brazil (9-0).
Iran led 2-0 at the break, despite missing a penalty, and New Caledonia rallied to have five attempts on goal, one of which was on target.
The Oceania side conceded twice in stoppage time to give Iran a 5-0 win and likely progression to the Round of 16 as one of the best-performing third-placed teams.
Meanwhile, New Zealand play Mexico in their final group game on Saturday night (10pm NZT).
New Zealand must win and have other results go their way to progress to the knockout stages.
Game played on Saturday November 18, 2023 (NZT)
Iran 5 (Amirmohammad Razaghinia 17′, 34′, Reza Ghandipour 76′, Mohammad Askari 90+6′, Kasra Taheri 90+8′)
New Caledonia 0