A goalkeeper error from Oli Sail allowed Peru to score en route to a 1-0 victory over the All Whites in Barcelona on Monday morning NZT.
Sail, the Wellington Phoenix keeper, failed to control Tim Payne’s back pass after 69 minutes of an international friendly as Gianluca Lapadula snuck in to take full advantage.
The All Whites, who are preparing for their World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica in Doha next Wednesday NZT, thought they had equalized eight minutes later when Ben Waine turned in a Liberato Cacace cross, but Waine was ruled out. Game.
The match at RCDE Stadium was played in glorious sunshine in front of a crowd of 32,000, the first time the All Whites have played in front of a crowd since 2019.
Peru had eight shots on target, with the All Whites only managing two.
New Zealand’s best chance came when Liberato Cacace was released down the left and passed to Wood at the edge of the box.
Wood, who plays for Newcastle in the English Premier League, fed Alex Greive, who forced Peru goalkeeper Pedro Gallese into a hasty save.
The All Whites now travel to Doha, Qatar where they will face Oman behind closed doors NZT on Friday ahead of their qualifier against Costa Rica.