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New Zealand make good progress towards Beijing

After splitting a two-match series with Chile under-23s and being edged 2-3 by a strong Australian under-23 side on Saturday, the win is a promising sign for Stu Jacobs' team as they prepare for their Olympic opener against China on August 7.

"These games are all stepping stones to Beijing, but it's nice to win them," Jacobs said.

"We've just beaten an A-League side and got very close to Australia so you can't ask for much more than that considering our preparation."

Former Fulham midfielder Simon Elliot will join the squad on July 18, with Celtic striker Chris Killen arriving in Jakarta on July 23.

Blackburn captain Ryan Nelsen meets the side in Beijing to complete the over-age player's quota of three.

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