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Fiji 0 - 1 New Zealand


New Zealand have edged out Fiji 1-0 in their Group A match on Day 5 of the OFC U-17 Championship at North Harbour Stadium in Auckland. In the other match today, Papua New Guinea will square off against American Samoa.


Fiji - New Zealand Match Summary Download PDF

See below for the play-by-play action from the match.

Fiji - New Zealand Match Summary Download PDF

The starting line-ups:

Fiji: 1. Senirusi BOKINI (GK) (C), 2. Seteraki HUGHES, 3. Filipe BARAVILALA, 4. Akram HUSSAIN, 6. Jale DRELOA, 7. Narendra RAO, 10. Soheb SHEIK, 11. Al-taaf SAHIB, 13. Vineel NAIDU, 17. Arkam HUSSAIN, 18. Shane KUMAR

New Zealand: 1. Scott BASALAJ (GK), 2. Harshae RANIGA, 4. Reece LAMBERT, 5. Luke ADAMS (C), 8. Rhys JORDAN, 9. Tim PAYNE, 10. Cameron HOWIESON, 12. Jordan VALE, 15. Nathan BUSWELL, 18. Calvin OPPERMAN, 19. Ken YAMAMOTO

The match kicks off.

3' Ken Yamamoto makes a good run into the box and wins a corner for New Zealand

5' New Zealand have four corners in quick succession but Fiji eventually clear the ball

7' Akram Hussain sets off on a dangerous run down the left but his cross is intercepted

9' A good spell of possession for Fiji in their attacking third but Hussain eventually commits a foul and New Zealand have a chance to clear

10' There is a break in play as Fiji defender Arkam Hussain is treated for an injury

11' Nice play by Fiji's Akram Hussain who gets into the box but New Zealand defend well to stop the shot

15' It's an even contest so far with both teams enjoying a share of possession. New Zealand however are enjoying better territory with a strong wind behind them

17' Soheb Sheik combines well with Shane Kumar for Fiji down the right to get into the box but the cross is cut out by New Zealand

19' Al-taaf Sahib slides a nice ball through the middle for Sheik but it just runs through for New Zealand goalkeeper Scott Basalaj to collect

23' Tim Payne puts a low cross in for Yamamoto whose shot is tapped around the post for a corner

24' Luke Adams gets his head to the corner but Fiji clear and set off on a counter attack. Kumar almost gets the ball through for Hussain down the other end but again the New Zealand goalkeeper is able collect

26' Rhys Jordan takes two quick corners for New Zealand but the second one floats out for a goalkick

27' New Zealand's Tim Payne has the best chance of the game so far after Yamamoto did well to held off a defender in the box and set up the midfielder but Payne's shot from the penalty spot flies wide

29' Another great chance for New Zealand with Luke Adams heading Rhys Jordan's freekick onto the crossbar. Yamamoto was inches away from heading in the rebound but finally it is cleared by Fiji for a corner

30' New Zealand's corner comes to nothing and Fiji have a chance to settle

33' More attacking play from the Young All Whites as Cameron Howieson plays a nice ball through to Yamamoto who is fouled on the edge of the box

34' From the ensuing freekick, Howieson shoots the ball just wide of the upright

40' Fiji defender Filipe Baravilala puts in a dangerous cross from the right which Akram Hussain heads wide from the edge of the area

41' Howieson wins a corner for New Zealand. Rhys Jordan takes and it's headed away at the near post

45' Fiji goalkeeper Senirusi Bokini makes a brilliant save to deny Yamamoto from close range

The referee brings the first half to an end.

The second half kicks off.

47' New Zealand's Calvin Opperman puts in a great ball through for Nathan Buswell down the right but he slices his cross out for a goalkick

49' GOAL!!! Fiji 0 New Zealand 1: Jordan Vale climbs high to head home Rhys Jordan's corner

52' New Zealand's Tim Payne has a shot from about the penalty spot but it bounces easily into the arms of Senirusi Bokini

56' SUBSTITUTION: Fiji's Arkam Hussain goes off with an injury and is replaced by Nemani Kanacagi

59' SUBSTITUTION: Soheb Sheik is replaced by Joseph Turagabeci for Fiji

63' Fiji's left winger Al-taaf Sahib puts in a good ball for Akram Hussain who smashes the ball over the top

65' Sahib is in the action again with a long-range shot that sails high

68' There are strong appeals by New Zealand for a penalty as Tim Payne went down inside the box but the referee says no foul

69' SUBSTITUTION: The Young All Whites make their first change with Nathan Buswell making way for Ryan Howlett

72' New Zealand have a corner that results in a goalmouth scramble. Fiji just manage to clear

73' Substitute Ryan Howlett puts in a cracking ball from the right but Senirusi Bokini does well to hold onto it as Tim Payne comes flying in. The Fiji captain is now receiving medical treatment after the two collided

75' SUBSTITUTION: New Zealand's Ken Yamamoto is replaced by Alex Risdale. Fiji's substitute goalkeeper Filipo Daugunu comes on for the injured Bokini

77' Fiji earn their first corner of the match. Sahib takes and the ball comes out again for the winger to have a second go but the cross sails just over the crossbar

78' YELLOW CARD: Fiji's Jale Dreola is cautioned for a dangerous tackle on Ryan Howlett

84' YELLOW CARD: New Zealand substitute Alex Risdale is cautioned for a foul that stopped a Fiji counter-attack

86' Another nice play down the right by New Zealand as Ridale's headed flick puts Howlett in space but Fiji's covering defender does well

90'SUBSTITUTION Tim Payne is replaced Rory Turner for New Zealand

90' +3 Al-taaf Sahib strikes a clean free-kick on goal but New Zealand goalkeeper Scott Basalaj just manages to tip the ball over the bar

The referee brings the game to an end


Updated On Wednesday, January 12, 2011
  
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