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Fiji 3 - 0 Tahiti


Fiji have beaten Tahiti 3-0 in their men's Group B match at Stade Boewa in Boulari on day one of the XIV Pacific Games.


See below for all the play-by-play action.

The starting line-ups were as follows:

Fiji: 1. Simione TAMANISAU (GK) (c), 2. Avinesh SWAMY, 4. Seveci ROKOTAKALA, 6. Jone VESIKULA, 8. Alvin SINGH, 9. Malakai TIWA, 11. Roy KRISHNA, 12. Alvin AVINESH, 13. Maciu DUNADAMU, 14. Taniela WAQA, 17. Malakai KAINIHEWE
Coach: Gurjit SINGH

Tahiti: 1. Xavier SAMIN (GK) (c), 2. Stephane FAATIARAU, 3. Tauraa MARMOUYET, 4. Teheivarii LUDIVION, 6. Donavan BOUREBARE, 8. Jonathan TEHAU, 10. Teaonui TEHAU, 11. Lorenzo TEHAU, 12. Hiroana POROIEA, 13. Steevy CHONG HUE, 16. Temarii TINORUA
Coach: Eddy ETAETA

The match kicks off

4' Fiji have dominated possession in the opening minutes but it has taken place mainly in the middle third

5' Star Fiji striker Roy Krishna shows the first glimpse of his ability when he controls neatly and tries to slip Maciu Dunadamu behind the defence but the pass is cut out

6' Alvin Singh tries to blast a free kick through the Tahiti wall from 25 yards but the wall does its job

7' Fiji goalkeeper and captain Simione Tamanisau pulls off a save from a Teaonui Tehau effort

8' Hiroana Poroiea tries his luck from distance for Tahiti but the ball bounces harmlessly wide

10' Seveci Rokotakala has a wild swing at a volley after a Fiji free kick but it goes straight up into the air and well out for a goal kick

13' Simione Tamanisau has to race off his line to deal with a Tahiti long ball

15' Jone Vesikula receives a talking to from New Zealand referee Chris Kerr after a strong challenge but escapes a booking

16' From the resulting free kick, Hiroana Poroiea curls a spectacular effort on target but Tamanisau dives to save well

17' Malakai Tiwa nearly opens the scoring for Fiji when he heads a corner towards goal but it is cleared off the line

20' Tahiti think they are in on goal but are denied by the offside flag

23' YELLOW CARD: Jone Vesikula is cautioned for Fiji

24' Hiroana Poroiea again strikes the free kick well but Tamanisau saves comfortably

28' GOAL!!! Fiji 1 - Tahiti 0: Taniela Waqa heads a well-placed Roy Krishna corner past goalkeeper Xavier Samin to open the scoring

31' Lorenzo Tehau hits an ambitious effort from well out but doesn't make clean contact and it dribbles through to Tamanisau

36' Fiji are shading the possession stakes and Tahiti, aside from Poroiea's pair of free kicks, have not created much going forward

39' Tahati's Teaonui Tehau goes down under a heavy challenge from Malakai Kainihewe and play is held up while he receives treatment

40' Steevy Chong Hue has a chance soon after play starts again but his flicked volley goes straight to Tamanisau

42' Tehau is still off the field and appears to be in some pain

43' SUBSTITUTION: The injured Tehau is replaced by Billy Mataitai for Tahiti

44' GOAL!!! Fiji 2 - Tahiti 0: Tahiti concede their second goal in unfortunate fashion when Tauraa Marmouyet puts a Maciu Dunadamu cross into his own net

45' One minute of injury time will be played

The first half comes to an end

The second half kicks off

50' YELLOW CARD: Donavan Bourebare is cautioned for Tahiti

51' Avinesh Swamy hits the free kick into the Tahiti wall

57' The ball breaks to Tahiti substitute Billy Mataitai on the edge of the box but he miscues his effort and it goes wide

61' SUBSTITUTION: Jone Vesikula is replaced by Esava Naqaleca for Fiji

61' Fiji centre back Alvin Singh finds himself in unfamiliar territory in the Tahiti box and shows good footwork to create room for a shot but his effort goes narrowly over the bar

66' Tahiti will have to start creating some chances soon if they are to take something from this game

67' Malakai Tiwa breaks forward for Fiji but sees his left-foot shot well saved by Xavier Samin

68' SUBSTITUTION: Steevy Chong Hue is replaced by Taufa Neuffer for Tahiti

69' SUBSTITUTION: Hiroana Poroiea is replaced by Efrain Araneda for Tahiti

77' Despite plenty of endeavour, Tahiti are showing no further signs they are capable of scoring as we approach the final ten minutes

78' YELLOW CARD: Malakai Tiwa is cautioned for Fiji

81' YELLOW CARD: Teheivarii Ludivion is cautioned for Tahiti

82' YELLOW CARD: Taniela Waqa is cautioned for Fiji

83' Maciu Dunadamu has two chances to score in quick succession but Samin saves the first and he puts the second narrowly wide

84' Dunadamu may well have had a hat-trick in the space of a couple of minutes when he has a third chance and Samin again denies him from close range

85' SUBSTITUTION: Dunadamu appears to be carrying an injury and is replaced by Pene Erenio

86' GOAL!!! Fiji 3 - Tahiti 0: Fiji make sure of the victory when Seveci Rokotakala rolls the ball across Samin and into the far corner

90' SUBSTITUTION: Goalscorer Taniela Waqa is replaced by Lorima Dau for Fiji

90' Two minutes of injury time will be played

90' + 2' Substitute Dau has the chance to make the most of his time on the park but somehow strikes the post from only a couple of yards out

The final whistle is blown

Updated On Saturday, August 27, 2011
  
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