Australia have defeated the All Whites 1-nil in Brisbane.
The result was decided by a sensational strike to Spanish-based winger Awer Mabil.
Mabil slotted the goal in the 33rd minute, cutting inside to lash a shot past New Zealand keeper Oli Sail from the edge of the penalty area.
New Zealand’s best chance came in the 10th minute with Andre de Jong was unable to convert a one-on-one.
Overall, New Zealand had the better of the game and troubled the 39th ranked side in the world with their pace on attack and wide play.
The two teams meet again on Sunday afternoon at Eden Park before Australia head to the Qatar World Cup.