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American Samoa 2 - 1 Tonga


A piece of history has been made at J.S. Blatter Field in Apia, Samoa, after American Samoa defeated Tonga 2-1 for their first ever FIFA World Cup qualifying win.


American Samoa vs. Tonga: Download Match Summary Here

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Starting line-ups:

American Samoa: 1. Nicky SALAPU, 2. Jr AMISONE (c), 3. Uasi HELETA, 4. Daru TAUMUA, 9. Ramin OTT, 13. Rambo TAPUI, 14. Charlie UHRLE, 16. Johnny SAELUA, 18. Justin MANA’O, 19. Rawlston MASANIA’I, 20. Shalom LUANI
Substitutes: 5. Tala LUVU, 6. Roy LUANI, 7. D’Angelo HERRERA, 8. Casper KURESA, 10. Kid BARTLEY, 11. Diamond OTT, 12. Terrence SINAPATI, 15. Gene NEEMIA, 17. Natia NATIA, 21. Suani UELESE, 22. Fitiuta MAIAVA, 23. Chin Fu TAASE
Coach: Thomas RONGEN [NED]

Tonga: 18. Kaneti FELELA (GK), 2. Sione TOVO, 4. Fineasi PALEI, 5. Samisoni MAFI, 6. Folio MOEAKI (c), 7. Pio PALU, 8. Unaloto FEAO, 10. Malakai SAVIETI, 11. Lafaele MOALA, 15. Sione TEU, 18. Kaneti FELELA, 20. Ilalio LEAKONA
Substitutes: 1. Soane FAUPULA, 9. Kinitoni FALATAU, 12. Timote MAAMALOA, 13. Viliami VAITAKI, 16. Petesa ONGOSIA, 17. Siosifa MOIMOI, 21. Vitolio LATU
Coach: Chris WILLIAMS [AUS]

Referee: Andrew ACHARI (FIJ)
Assistant referee 1: David CHARLES (PNG)
Assistant referee 2: Michael JOSEPH (VAN)
4th official: Bruce GEORGE (VAN)

The match kicks off

6' Ilalio Leakona tries his luck from distance for Tonga but the effort goes too high

8' Sione Tovo is injured for Tonga and has to leave the field to receive treatment

10' Charlie Uhrle crosses from the right for American Samoa but slices the ball out for a goal kick

14' Malakai Savieti has the best chance of the match but American Samoa goalkeeper Nicky Salapu pulls off a good save from close range

18' Rambo Tapui has a shot on target for American Samoa from a Leakona cross but Kaneti Felela saves comfortably in the Tongan goal

21' Justin Mana'o bends a free kick from a promising position wide for American Samoa

23' It's Tonga's turn to have a free kick in a dangerous area this time but Savieti fails to find a team mate with his delivery

28' YELLOW CARD: Neo Feao is cautioned for Tonga

33' American Samoa very nearly take the lead when a Ramin Ott free kick hits the bar

36' Ott has another chance when he goes on a bustling run and shoots wide from the edge of the box

38' Lafaele Moala breaks down the right and shoots for Tonga but doesn't strike it cleanly and Salapu gathers easily

43' GOAL!!! American Samoa 1 - Tonga 0: American Samoa go in front when a speculative long range shot from Ott somehow evades Felefa and finds the net

44' American Samoa have set themselves up well defensively under new coach Thomas Rongen and it will not be easy for Tonga to get back on level terms

The half time whistle is blown

The second half kicks off

49' The second spell has begun in even fashion and it is likely to be a keenly contested half as American Samoa search for their first ever win in FIFA World Cup qualifying

51' YELLOW CARD: Uasi Heleta is cautioned for American Samoa

53' Rambo Tapui surges forward down the right for American Samoa but his centre is cut out by the Tonga defence

55' Pio Palu nearly gets in on goal for Tonga but American Samoa captain Jr Amisone defends well and prevents him shooting

56' YELLOW CARD: Fineasi Palei is cautioned for Tonga

58' SUBSTITUTION: Sione Tovo is replaced by Kinitoni Falatau for Tonga

63' Shalom Luani has a crack from a long way out for American Samoa but the shot is blocked

63' The ball breaks to Uhrle after Luani's effort and he bends a shot well wide

65' American Samoa have their best chance to go further in front but Luani can't find the target

65' SUBSTITUTION: Palu is replaced by Timote Maamaloa for Tonga

68' SUBSTITUTION: Goalscorer Ott suffers an injury and is replaced by Tala Luvu for American Samoa

69' YELLOW CARD: Luvu is cautioned for coming onto the field before Ott had departed

71' Neo Feao bends a free kick over the American Samoa wall

74' Uhrle is injured for American Samoa and play is held up while he receives treatment

74' GOAL!!! American Samoa 2 - Tonga 0: Shalom Luani puts his team two goals in front when he runs onto a through ball and lobs the oncoming Felela

75' Luani is injured in the process of scoring and has to leave the field to receive treatment but is soon back on

78' Uasi Heleta suffers an injury for American Samoa and has to be stretchered off the field

79' SUBSTITUTION: Fineasi Palei is replaced by Siosifa Moimoi for Tonga

83' Captain Amisone is injured for American Samoa and has to leave the field to receive treatment

84' Feao fires wide for Tonga from the edge of the box

84' SUBSTITUTION: Amisone is replaced by Suani Uelese for American Samoa

87' SUBSTITUTION: Rambo Tapui is replaced by Diamond Ott for American Samoa

88' GOAL!!! Tonga 1 - American Samoa 2: Tonga give themselves a lifeline when Feao heads home a Lafaele Moala cross at the back post

88' Moala has a great chance to equalise for Tonga but fires straight at Salapu

90' Moala is in again for Tonga and Salapu denies him once more before the ball breaks to Timote Maamaloa, whose shot is blocked by Johnny Saelua

The final whistle is blown




Updated On Tuesday, November 22, 2011
  
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