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Summary

  1. FT: New Zealand 2-4 Fiji
  2. New Zealand: Goals - Johnson
  3. Fiji: Goals: - Koroisau, Milne
  4. Fiji will face Australia next weekend
  5. Tonga earlier defeated Lebanon 24-22

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By Matt Newsum

All times stated are UK

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"They think it's all over..."

FT: New Zealand 2-4 Fiji

Eloni Vunakece, Marcelo Montoya and captain Kevin Naiqama
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Fiji have dumped New Zealand out of the World Cup at the quarter final stage and booked themselves a reunion with Australia - their 2013 conquerors - in the semi-finals.

Two penalties to one did it, Api Koroisau and Taane Milne slotting one apiece, with Shaun Johnson in reply from the tee.

Australia lie in wait now. It will be a humdinger of a semi-final in Brisbane.

What better way to sign off a 4-2 scoreline than to say, they think it's all over. It is now.

See you tomorrow for England versus Papua New Guinea. Join us here on BBC Sport from 04:00 GMT.

Quarter-final round-up

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Right, here's where we stand.

Australia 46-0 Samoa

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Australia v Fiji, semi-final in Brisbane on 24 November

Tonga 24-22 Lebanon

England v Papua New Guinea

Tonga to play the winners of Eng-PNG in Auckland on 25 November

Voices to match Fiji's footy skill

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Some spellbinding sounds coming from the Fijian sheds, as their players join in collective song.

Even self-confessed metalhead Ashton Sims is turning his hand to this soulful sound, and there is not a player in that squad who isn't belting out the song with vigour. Not just canny footy players eh?

Beautiful stuff. Watch out for it on BBC Sport's Rugby League World Cup video shuffle - published on Monday.

Magic Mick

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Mick Potter
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It's clear to see how much of an influence Mick Potter has been on this Fijian side. He always looks so cool, so calm and collected.

His wealth of experience he has both in England and in his native Australia has given him plenty of vantage points and muscle memories.

Though his players were quick to praise God in the aftermath of the victory, Potter's less spiritual guidance has also helped this island nation into the final four.

"I'm very passionate about the jersey"

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New Zealand coach David Kidwell: "Fiji played a simple game but the boys throughout the campaign, I could not be more proud of them, we did not get the results we wanted but they created the passion for their jersey.

"It has definitely been the most enjoyable campaign I’ve been part of - but unfortunately did not get the result we wanted today.

"We didn’t play smart – again, errors in the first tackle that put us under pressure.

"Those young guys know what it means to represent the Kiwis, know what it takes, the standards that have been set.

"I’m very passionate about this jersey, a lot of hard work has gone into creating this environment, I want to make sure it is seen and maintained to the standards these boys have shaped.

"The things we make better? That is pretty easy for me, to play smart in pressure games. I’ve learnt that it is about good people.

"We need to translate the commitment to smart performances – that is the most frustrating part."

From despair to where?

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New Zealand tumble out of the World Cup. Finalists in 2013, winners in 2008. Quarter final is their end point in 2017.

What will the future hold for them and coach David Kidwell?

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Alec Herron:#NZvFij The only other try-less game I've ever watched was @SalfordDevils limping past Harlequins 5-2 on a wet and cold night at The Willows in 2007.

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Daniel Watson Hayes: I don’t like kicking a bloke whilst he’s down, but if Kidwell survives, @NZRL_Kiwis are content with being an abject failure on the international stage. The Kiwis have gone backwards at a rate of knots under Kidwell’s tenure as coach

He's having a bit of a grilling in the post-match presser.

BreakingEngland's 19 for PNG

England v Papua New Guinea (Sunday, 05:00 GMT)

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Sam Burgess has been included in England's preliminary 19-man squad for tomorrow, while Ryan Hall and Josh Hodgson return to the starting 13 from the France pool match.

England: Widdop; McGillvary, Watkins, Bateman, Hall; Brown, Gale; Hill, Hodgson, Graham, S. Burgess, Whitehead, O'Loughlin

Replacements: Walmsley, T. Burgess, Currie, Roby

Reserve bench: Heighington, Williams

This what joy looks like...

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Wouldn't you love to be Fijian right now? Passion and pride in full effect.

Marcelo Montoya
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Marcelo Montoya and Jarryd Hayne
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Three down, one to go

England v Papua New Guinea (Sunday, 05:00 GMT)

Australia, Tonga and now Fiji all rest up to go again in the semi-finals, and can watch on tomorrow as England take on Papua New Guinea in Melbourne for that final spot.

We'll have an absolute smorgasbord of content on BBC Sport, from live TV coverage on BBC Two and online, to radio commentary from 5 live and of course a dedicated live text service with pics, reaction and detail from the game.

It kicks off sometime after 05:00 tomorrow morning (GMT), but we'll be up and running from 04:00 GMT.

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Schalke USA: Wait, what?! New Zealand lost 2:4 to Fiji in the 2017 Rugby League World Cup Quarter-Finals?! I watched the match and I still don't understand it! Well, it is what it is.

"We've got no one else to blame"

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New Zealand back-rower Simon Mannering: "They wanted it more than us, they tackled harder and battled harder. That’s what makes it so disappointing.

“We're all experienced players, we took poor options and took shortcuts, I don’t know how many times we turned over on tackle one.

“I’m not taking anything away from them, they were a good side. But we we did it to ourselves we’ve got not one else to blame."

"We slayed a giant tonight"

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Fiji half-back Jarryd Hayne: "We slayed a giant tonight, we laid the foundations in 2008 and we're seeing the fruits in 2017. You don’t see this very often but this win goes to our belief in God.

[On playing Australia in the semi-finals] "We are in the business of playing giants, it is the biggest test next week, it is as simple as that. We have a big week ahead of us and will prepare well."

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Missed out on Tonga-Lebanon?

FT: Tonga 24-22 Lebanon

Tim Mannah and Tonga forward Siliva Havili
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If you're just waiting for the kettle to boil or your toast to pop, it's well worth recapping what has happened so far this morning.

Tonga joined Australia in the semi-final draw... but only just, after a 46-point thriller with Lebanon earlier this morning.

The Tongans looked in control midway through the first half but the Cedars, at only their second World Cup, showed real fight.

Two points separated them in the end, why not get a flavour of the game by reading Paul Fletcher's report.

"It's great for the game"

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New Zealand skipper Adam Blair: “It is do or die, both teams put it our there on the line, we played tough and you have to give credit to Fiji. They deserve everything they get.

[On New Zealand's approach to the game] "I think it was to be us and play our way, they were tough, resilient and played for the 80 and so did our boys, but a couple of penalties changed the game.

"It is great for the game, it's great to see Fiji and Tonga turn up and perform, when we come out here again we are going to turn up,we have some great young talent going through."

"We started slow and it cost us"

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New Zealand half-back Shaun Johnson: "They were [better than us], I'm absolutely gutted, lost for words, I just want to apologise to everyone who has followed us.

"Full respect to Fiji, they played well and we were poor, if you do that you're not going to win in a World Cup.

"We just wanted to get back to our style of footy, we played dumb in that first-half and spent the whole half by our own goalline.

"We got some go forward in the second half, but we started slow and it cost us."

'We can go all the way'

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Fiji captain Kevin Naiqama: “I’m lost for words, I just have to thank God in this moment, we could not have done it without him, I’ll just keep proclaiming the name Jesus, I can take no credit for this.

“It is undescribable, I’m so proud of these boys, I always kept believing. It is a dream come true. With God we are going all the way. We have the utmost confidence we can go all the way."

Not a classic

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It was a win for rugby league graft, a win for heart and a win for spirit.

However, it wasn't a game for quality. Neither side scored a try, despite the array of strike talent on the edges.

Fiji won't care a jot. They are bound for the semi-finals.

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Kevin Naiqama is so emotional he can barely speak. We'll do our best to bring you what he has said very shortly.

The majority of it relates to how God was key. We're not talking about Jarryd Hayne by the way.

Shock and awe

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New Zealand's players sit stunned on the turf. They can scarcely believe what has happened.

Fiji's players celebrate with delight, they channelled the emotion during the game but it's flowing now.

Tears being shed. Grab the tissues, Fiji are into the last four.

Eloni Vunakece
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Full time

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FIJI MAKE THE SEMI-FINALS FOR THE THIRD TIME. NEW ZEALAND - WINNERS IN 2008 - ARE OUT!

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30 SECONDS. WHAT ARE NEW ZEALAND DOING?! PINNED BY THEIR OWN GOALLINE?!??!

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One more set apiece probably here.

Up the jumper time, as my colleague Paul just said.

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Brad Takairangi chases Jordan Rapana's kick into the in-goal and it's agonisingly overcooked!

New Zealand staring at an exit here... Fiji headed for the semis! One minute and 40 seconds to go!

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Taane Milne trapped in goal as a Kiwi kick goes into the Fiji in-goal area... drop out to come.

New Zealand have another dig at the line. Two and a half to go. Two points down.

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Tired bodies. Tired minds. Who has the mettle to see this out?

New Zealand raiding again. They need points with three and a half to play.

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Heart in mouth time as Nelson Asofa-Solomona gets hand to ball and it bounces loose but Matt Cecchin says it went backward.

New Zealand get to the 40 on the last and pump the kick downfield.

Then... KEVIN NAIQAMA KNOCKS ON! Fiji cough up the scrum. Has the skipper made a grave error?

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Jarryd Hayne drags himself off the canvas and sends a towering kick into the New Zealand goalline area and Dallin Watene-Zelezniak has to gather before being forced in-goal.

Fiji get the ball back off the drop-out!

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New Zealand have to bring the ball out from their own 10 after a raking clearing kick by the Fijians.

Kiwis struggling to bust out of their own end, Fiji are playing with big aggression.

Fiji's turn now, just short of half-way. Jarryd Hayne down! The Hayne Plane could be grounded?!

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Te Maire Martin looks to plunder a try but is snared just in time! Fiji wobbling.

Having swept left and then right but been held out, New Zealand centre Brad Takairangi goes for a kick but straight to Marcelo Montoya.

Goodness me this is tense!

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Taane Milne shows superb hands to bring in a bobbler from Jarryd Hayne and then frees Suliasi Vunivalu but the winger's kick ahead for Fiji trickles off the field.

New Zealand have the ball and are on the front foot thanks to walking wounded Joseph Tapine! He made a line-break, not bad given he could hardly walk earlier!

Fiji deemed to have knocked on and New Zealand have a scrum. Dumbfounding call from Matt Cecchin. Scrum 10 out for NZ!

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Ashton Sims is playing out of his skin for Fiji, as is Eloni Vunakece. Both made massive tackles in that last set.

New Zealand go for the repeat set but an offside gives Fiji a penalty. Relief for the Bati.

Soooooooo tense.

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Somehow Fiji turn an absolute stinker of a kick from Henry Raiwalui into an opportunity thanks to the awareness and fleetfoot of Jarryd Hayne.

New Zealand survive, then come up with a penalty that marches them into the Fiji half.

TWO POINTS IN IT. 13 to go.

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Fiji are no mugs. Two straight World Cup semi-finals and on course for a third.

This is crisis time for New Zealand though, they're the Tier One nation. Their World Cup rests on 15 minutes of footy.

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PENALTY New Zealand 2-4 Fiji

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Centre Taane Milne slots the penalty for Fiji to restore their lead.

Having a good tournament is Milne.

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Viliame Kikau goes through after a move to the left and it looks like New Zealand had stopped him. But the Kiwis were offside and Fiji have a penalty.

They're going for the two! Fine margins.

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So close on the last by New Zealand! Roger Tuivasa-Sheck slips and slides after scything through on an inside-pass!

The rubber-legged full-back is growing in influence.

Fiji a danger at the other end... then RTS knocks on in front of his own line. Near hero to villain! What drama. 2-2 after 60 minutes...

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My excitement at seeing a short-side scrum-base play by Fiji was quickly checked as New Zealand read it.

Then Fiji spill in the tackle. Kiwis hooker Danny Levi is pouring blood from his head and he is off receiving treatment. Jordan Rapana has done his 10 minutes and the Kiwis back to 13.