Tuvalu 4 – 0 American Samoa

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.

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