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Oribe Peralta scores twice, Mexico beats New Zealand 5-1 in first leg of World Cup playoff


Mexico's Paul Aguilar reacts after his goal was annulled during a 2014 World Cup playoff first round soccer match against New Zealand in Mexico City, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013. Aguilar later scored again. (AP Photo/Christian Palma) (The Associated Press)

Oribe Peralta scored twice and Mexico beat New Zealand 5-1 on Wednesday in the first leg of their intercontinental playoff to close in on a spot in the World Cup next year.

Paul Aguilar put Mexico ahead in the 32nd minute, and Raul Jimenez made it 2-0 before the break. Peralta connected twice in the second half and Rafael Marquez added a goal.

Chris James had a late goal for New Zealand.

The second leg is next Wednesday in Wellington, New Zealand.

Mexico scored only seven goals in 10 qualifying games, but broke through under new coach Miguel Herrera. Herrera, the team's fourth coach in two months, used only players based in Mexico's domestic league.