New Zealand held on for a 1-0 victory in its FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Fiji, while Solomon Islands scored early to beat Papua New Guinea.
Newly appointed All Whites captain Tommy Smith opened the side's campaign early on, netting in the ninth minute of the match.
But although Fiji had numerous chances in the second half to equalise, some desperate defending from the visitor was enough to secure it victory.
In the other qualifier, it was the Solomon Islands who secured the ascendancy early on through Benjamin Totori's goal against the Frank Farina coached PNG.
The home side had chances to extend its lead with James Naka hitting the woodwork but the score remained at 1-0.
Victory for New Zealand and Solomon Islands sees both sides level on points at the top of Group B.
Watford or Crystal Palace can still expect to receive £120 million ($204 million) if they are relegated from the English Premier League after just one year of top-flight football.