Hello and welcome to our live blog of today's intercontinental World Cup playoff between the All Whites and Mexico from Azteca Stadium.
If you're a Kiwi footy fan, it doesn't get much more exciting than this. One hundred and eighty minutes separates New Zealand from a possible third appearance at a World Cup, but the barrier standing in their way is a big one.
It consists of hundreds of thousands of fans, muscle-sapping altitude and a team of pretty decent Mexican footballers.
The bad news for New Zealand is they are missing their two best players from the last World Cup. Ryan Nelsen has retired and West Ham defender Winston Reid picked up an ankle injury last week.
The good news is that the All Whites have strived in adversity before. They battled their way to a 0-0 draw with Bahrain in their first intercontinental leg of the last campaign and earned a 1-1 draw against Italy at the last World Cup against all odds.
Also, Mexico have hardly been at their best in this World Cup qualifying campaign. They have rinsed through three coaches and have had two wins, five draws and three losses in their build up.
With kick-off just over an hour away, the New Zealand Football community is buzzing. How excited are you? Click 'Comment now' to share your thoughts, predictions and views of the build up and match. My name is Steven Holloway and with the help of Cameron McMillan and Daniel Richardson, we will keep you updated with everything you need to know throughout the morning.
The big team news from the All Whites camp yesterday was that Tommy Smith will captain the side and Jeremy Christie will start in midfield.
They will line up something like this:
GK: Glen Moss
LB: Tony Lochhead
CB: Andrew Durante
Sweeper: Ivan Vicelich
CB: Tommy Smith
RB: Leo Bertos
LM: Kosta Barbarouses
CM: Michael McGlinchey
CM: Jeremy Christie
RM: Jeremy Brockie
FW: Chris Wood
Great moment in Azteca history below, well maybe not for England fans. The All Whites will certainly take a goal like that today.
Reports that the Azteca is already a third full. Still 40 minutes to kickoff. Here's how the Mexican anthem sounds sung by 105,000 fans.
In New Zealand's starting X1 Tony Lochhead and Jeremy Christie are currently club less, while 37 year-old Ivan Vicelich plays in New Zealand's national amateur league. Granted, that doesn't sound great, but Herbert has great faith in the men that have done the job for him before.
FACT: Mexico have appeared at the World Cup 14 times, making the quarter-finals in 1970 and 1986. Last World Cup they failed to reach was Italia 90.
Here's a reminder of the form Marco Rojas was in for the Melbourne Victory last season.
Couldn't find any YouTube videos on Jeremy Christie unfortunately.
Mexico will play in a 3-5-2 formation with former Barcelona star Rafa Marquez the only household name.
Mexico (3-5-2): Moises Munoz; Juan Carlos Valenzuela, Rafa Marquez, Maza Rodriguez; Paul Aguilar, Juan Carlos Medina, Luis Montes, Carlos Pena, Miguel Layun; Oribe Peralta, Raul Jimenez.