Leeds United striker Chris Wood sends New Zealand into final on injury return

New Zealand's Chris Wood shoots at goal

The New Zealand captain scored a 40-yard free-kick, with a little help from the New Caledonia stopper.

New Zealand's Chris Wood shoots at goalNew Zealand's Chris Wood shoots at goal

Leeds United striker Chris Wood proved to be the hero as his nation New Zealand made it to the OFC Nations Cup final earlier today.

The match-winning performance was even more impressive, considering it was feared he had dislocated his shoulder a little over a week ago.

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Wood scored the only goal in Papua New Guinea as New Zealand defeated New Caledonia 1-0 to claim their place in the final of the competition.

It was some goal as well, although the New Caledonia keeper helped.

Wood lined up a free-kick from 40 yards out and smashed a strike knuckle-ball style toward goal. The reason the ball found its way into the net was due to the incompetence of the New Caledonia goalie Jelen Ixoee, who spilled the ball into the back of his own net.

Wood looked to have played his final game of the competition against Vanuatu nine days ago. He scored twice in that game, but came off with a suspected dislocated shoulder and missed the final group game v the Solomon Islands.

Leeds United's Chris Wood scores his sides second goalLeeds United's Chris Wood scores his sides second goal

In the end it proved to be a muscle injury and he was passed fit to play today, with his fourth goal of the tournament taking his nation to the final against hosts Papua New Guinea or the Solomon Islands.

Leeds striker Wood will be hoping to captain his nation to glory.

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