Tuvalu 4 - 0 American Samoa

Tuvalu have defeated American Samoa 4-0 in their men's Group A match at Rivière Salée in Noumea on day one of the XIV Pacific Games.


See below for the play-by-play action

Starting line-ups:

Tuvalu:
16. Jelly SELAU (GK), 2. Kolone POKIA, 3. Alamoana TOFUOLA, 4. Etimoni TIMUANI, 5. Alinesi TAKATAKA, 6. Mau PENISULA (c), 7. Vaisua LIVA, 9. Lutelu TIUTE, 10, James LEPAIO, 11. George PANAPA, 12. Alopua PETOA
Coach: Foppe de Haan

American Samoa:
1. Nicky SALAPU (GK), 2. Terrence SINAPATI, 5. Tala LUVU, 6. Natia NATIA, 7. Ismael HERRERA, 8. Moe KURESA, 9. Liatama AMISONE (c), 10. Frederick UHRLE, 11. Shalom LUANI, 13. Uasilaa HELATA, 14. Pesamino VICTOR
Coach: Avele LALOGAFUAFUA

The match kicks off.

1' A great chance for American Samoa with Shalom Luani bursting through the defense into the box but his shot is saved

4' Tuvalu have their first shot of the match but it is an easy save for Nicky Salapu in goal

5' Another strike from Luani for American Samoa but his shot is once again saved by the Tuvalu goalkeeper

10' A freekick for Tuvalu from the halfway line is flicked on towards goal but Salapu makes the save

13' American Samoa earn a free-kick in a dangerous position and send in a good ball from the right but Tuvalu clear the ball

15' GOAL!!! Tuvalu 1 American Samoa 0: After a goal-mouth scramble, Tuvalu put the ball in the back of the net to open the scoring. Alopua Petoa looks to have claimed the goal

17' Another good chance for Tuvalu. Lutelu Tiute glances the ball towards goal but can't get any power in the header and Salapu makes the save

19' American Samoa are caught offside

23' Tuvalu's Alopua Petoa looks to be through on goal but the American Samoa goalkeeper sweeps well outside his box to clear the danger

24' Tuvalu are caught offside

26' George Panapa shows some fancy footwork to beat his marker down the right but his cross is cleared by the American Samoa defense

30' Panapa is in the action again, this time his shot goes wide

30' GOAL!!! Tuvalu 2 American Samoa 0: Lutelu Tiute breaks into the box and strikes the ball low across the goalkeeper from a tight angle to double the lead

35' Tuvalu captain Mau Penisula is having a strong game, controlling the ball well in the middle of the park

38' American Samoa captain Jr Amisone see his shot go over the bar

44' American Samoa earn a free-kick in a dangerous position

45' D'Angelo Herrera puts in a good free-kick but Tuvlau goalkeeper Selau does well to claim the ball after a goal-mouth scramble

The referee brings the first half to an end.

The second half kicks off.

48' American Samoa's Casper Kuresa makes a strong run down the right to earn his side a throw in

49' The first chance of the second half falls to American Samoa as Charlie Uhrle does well to get into the box but his final touch takes him away from goal and he slices the shot wide

51' An even better chance for Tuvalu as Alopua Petoa latches onto a through ball and takes a shot but the American Samoa goalkeeper is able to smother the ball

56' Tuvalu's Alopua Petoa strikes the ball well from just outside the area but his shot is inches wide

60' There is a break in play as the American Samoa goalkeeper is treated for an injury. Nicky Salapu looks to have hurt his ankle

62' Play resumes and Salapu remains on the field

65' A great chance for American Samoa. Charlie Uhrle shoots the ball just wide of the upright

66' YELLOW CARD: American Samoa's Pesamino Victor is cautioned after a dangerous tackle on Alopua Petoa

69' A glorious opportunity for Tuvalu's Alopua Petoa who does well to bring the ball down around the penalty spot but he blasts the ball wide with goal at his mercy

73' Some good attacking play by American Samoa ends in a blocked shot by Shalom Luani

75' Tuvalu's Alopua Petoa spins his marker down the left and earns a corner for his side - the first of the game

77' SUBSTITUTION: George Panapa is replaced by Uota Ale for Tuvalu

79' SUBSTITUTION: Uasi Heleta is replaced by Suani Uelese for American Samoa

80' YELLOW CARD: American Samoa's Natia Natia is cautioned for a dangerous tackle

82' YELLOW CARD: Shalom Luani is replaced by Lemusa Alatasi for American Samoa

85' The pace of the game has slowed as Tuvalu consolidate their advantage

87' SUBSTITUTIONAmerican Samoa's goalkeeper Nicky Salapu has finally limped off and is replaced by Chin Fu Taase

90' GOAL!!! Tuvalu 3 American Samoa 0: Alopua Petoa scores Tuvalu's third goal with a well-placed left foot shot

92' GOAL!!! Tuvalu 4 American Samoa 0: An outstanding individual effort by Petoa to cap off a man-of-the-match performance. The skillful striker spun his defender before storming into the box to round the keeper and claim Tuvalu's fourth.

93' YELLOW CARD: Tuvalu James Lepaio is cautioned

The final whistle sounds.


Updated On Saturday, August 27, 2011