Tonga 2 – 1 Fiji

See below for the play-by-play action.
The starting line-ups were as follows:
Tonga: Siaila LA’AKULU (GK), 2. Sofia FILO, 3. Emelita MOALA, 6. Laite SI’I MANU, 7. Fololeni SIALE, 10. Heilala LOTO’ANIU, 11. Keti FATAI (c), 12. Neomai TUPOU, 16. Vasi FEKE, 17. Buccilea ONGOLEA, 18. Koni VUNGAMOEAHI
Fiji: Mereoni YABAKIDRAU (GK), 4. Kinisimere VANUA (c), 5. Alisi ULUIBATIKI, 6. Jijilia DUGUCANAVANUA, 9. Viniana NAISSALUWAKI, 10. Unaisi VATULILI, 12. Stella NAIVALULEVU, 13. Kurukaba LIGAVOLA, 14. Lajipa RASAKU, 15. Mereani MOCE, 17. Bela RATUBALAVU
The match kicks off
3′ The match has began very evenly with most of the play taking place in the middle of the pitch
5′ Tonga attack Fiji after the defence fails to clear a corner but Tonga can’t create a chance
6′ Fiji can now relieve the pressure after the ball goes out for a goal kick
7′ Stella Naivalulevu tries gets on the end of a through ball for Fiji but it crowded out by the Tongan defence, who take some time to clear the ball
9′ Tonga have a free kick in a promising position just outside the box but Fololeni Siale blazes it over the bar
11′ These teams appear very evenly matched and the result is definitely up for grabs
13′ GOAL!!! Fiji 1, Tonga 0: Bela Ratubalavu forces home a cross from the right from close range
16′ Fiji get into a good position on the right but the attack comes to nothing
18′ Fiji are starting to have the better of the game now but have not created another chance since the goal
18′ Kurukaba Ligavola puts Naivalulevu in with a nice pass down the left but she scuffs the shot wide
19′ Tonga goalkeeper Siaila La’akulu has to dive to palm away a deflection from one of her own players
20′ Play is held up while Tonga captain Keti Fatai receives treatment for an injury
22′ Naivalulevu thinks she is in on goal but the offside flag is raised
24′ SUBSTITUTION: The injured Fatai is replaced by Piuingi Feke for Tonga
25′ Unaisi Vatulili has a wild swing at goal for Fiji but the ball sails well over the bar
27′ Most of the action is being fought out at the Tongan end with Tonga relying on breakaways to get forward
28′ Ratubalavu tries to get her second for Fiji from the edge of the box and hits it well but it flies over the bar
30′ The injured Fatai is on crutches on the sideline, hopefully she will be able to recover in time for Tonga’s next game
31′ Fiji are enjoying most of the ball and Tonga must find another gear if they are to equalise before half-time
33′ Tonga have a free kick in a great position on the edge of the box but Feke, who has taken over the captaincy from Fatai, fires it straight at the wall
33′ YELLOW CARD: Jijilia Dugucanavanua is cautioned for Fiji
36′ Tonga are enjoying a spell of more possession but are still struggling to create any chances
37′ YELLOW CARD: Lajipa Rasaku is cautioned for Fiji
40′ Fololeni Siale swings a free kick from the right towards the far post for Tonga but no one can get on the end of it
43′ SUBSTITUTION: Asena Reba Ratu replaces Dugucanavanua for Fiji
44′ Naivalulevu nearly makes it two for Fiji just before the break but La’akulu saves and the offside flag is raised anyway
45′ Two minutes of injury time will be played
45′ + 1′ Laite Si’i Manu breaks down the right and crosses for Tonga but Feke can’t finish it off
The referee brings the first half to an end
The second half kicks off
48′ Fiji have begun the second half brightly and most of the action is taking place in the Tonga half
49′ YELLOW CARD: Buccilea Ongolea is cautioned for Tonga
51′ Asena Reba Ratu goes on a jinking run in the Tonga box but her shot is blocked before it can reach the target
54′ Feke goes on a powerful run down the right for Tonga but Yabakidrau comes out of her goal and smothers the ball at her feet
54′ SUBSITUTION: Ongolea is replaced by Olive Mateialona for Tonga
58′ Reba Ratu shoots wide from the edge of the box for Fiji
60′ Loto’aniu breaks down the left for Tonga and shoots but Yabakidrau gathers easily
62′ Yabakidrau has to charge out of her area to sweep up a Tonga through ball
63′ Yabakidrau is injured in the challenge and play is held up while she receives treatment
64′ Feke gets to a bouncing Tonga cross but the Fiji defence do well to scramble it clear
66′ Si’i Manu heads a Tonga corner over the bar
68′ Reba Ratu makes room for a shot with a great touch but strikes the ball straight at La’akulu in the Tonga goal
70′ Tonga are trying hard to find the equaliser but good chances have been hard to come by for either side in this second half
72′ Tonga have a corner but Feke, who has been involved in a lot of Tonga’s best play since coming on, curls it straight behing the goal for a goal kick
75′ Naivalulevu is caught offside for Fiji
75′ GOAL!!! Tonga 1, Fiji 1: Siale gets her head to another Feke corner to equalise for Tonga
77′ We should be in for an exciting final quarter of an hour as both sides try to press for the winner
79′ Tonga appear to have been given a second wind by the goal and are enjoying a good spell of possession
80′ Fiji have rode that little storm and are now putting the Tongan defence under pressure
81′ It’s end-to-end stuff as Tonga break again through Feke
82′ YELLOW CARD: Sofia Filo is cautioned for Tonga
85′ Fiji have spent the last few minutes in the Tonga half and look the most likely side to find a winner
88′ Time is running out for either team to win this match but the stage is set for someone to become a hero
90′ GOAL!!! Tonga 2, Fiji 1: Feke puts Tonga in front with a low shot from just inside the box
90′ SUBSTITUTION: Both sides make a change as Lita Misinale replaces Neomai Tupou for Tonga and Yasreen Begum comes on for Mereani Moce for Fiji
90′ Three minutes of injury time will be played
The final whistle sounds

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