NZ striker Shane Smeltz takes nasty kick to head | inside World Soccer

New Zealand moved a giant step closer to next year's World Cup when they beat New Caledonia 2-1 on Friday, but it came at a price.

New Zealand striker Shane Smeltz has his face busted open from an upraised New Caledonian boot
New Zealand striker Shane Smeltz has his face busted open from an upraised New Caledonian boot

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As injury time beckoned, striker Shane Smeltz suffered a nasty gash to his head after a Caledonian defender planted a crazy-high boot into his face.

Blood gushed from a wound to the head, what appeared to be the result of studs to the face or head area.

Smeltz immediately hit the deck, yet incredibly the officials awarded New Caledonia a goal-kick when a penalty and red card were clearly to correct decisions.

"On any other day, that would have been a red card," All Whites captain Winston Reid commented on the reckless act.


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