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American Samoa 0 – 4 Solomon Islands

See below for all the play-by-play action.
The starting line-ups were as follows:
American Samoa: 1. Nicky SALAPU, 2. Terrence SINAPATI, 5. Tala LUVU, 6. Natia NATIA, 7. D’Angelo HERRERA, 9. Junior AMISONE (c), 10. Charlie UHRLE, 11. Shalom LUANI, 13. Uasi HELETA, 14. Pesamino VICTOR, 17. Lemusa ALATASI
Solomon Islands: 1. Shadrack RAMONI, 2. Hardies AENGARI, 6. Nelson SALE, 7. Michael FIFI, 8. George SURI, 9. Benjamin TOTORI, 10. Joe LUI, 12. Joe MANU, 14. Jeffery BULE, 15. Seni NGAVA, 18. Henry FA’ARODO (c)
Referee: Averii JACQUES (TAH)
Assistant referee 1: Tevita MAKASINI (TGA)
Assistant referee 2: Glen LOCHRIE (NZL)
4th official: Andrew ACHARI (FIJ)
The match kicks off
2′ Solomon Islands have the first chance of the match through Benjamin Totori but goalkeeper Nicky Samuel comes out to block the shot
2′ Samuel is called into action again to save a close-range Joe Lui volley
7′ Solomon Islands have been on the attack for the entirety of these opening minutes but American Samoa are defending well
8′GOAL!!! Solomon Islands 1 – American Samoa 0: The resistance doesn’t last for long as Totori shows why he is one of the most feared strikers in the Pacific by bursting into the box and sliding the ball home off the inside of the far post
12′ Totori nearly has the chance to score his second but is called back for offside
14′ GOAL!!! Solomon Islands 2 – American Samoa 0: The second goal arrives when Jeffery Bule finishes off a Michael Fifi cross
18′ American Samoa break forward in their first attack but D’Angelo Herrera can’t find the run of Natia Natia with his pass
20′ Joe Lui shows good skill to create room for a shot but hits his effort straight at Samuel from 20 yards out
23′ American Samoa are still having to do a lot of defending and it looks like this could turn into a long afternoon for them
24′ Totori forces his way past several American Samoa challenges but Samuel comes out to gather the ball at his feet before he can shoot
28′ GOAL!!! Solomon Islands 3 – American Samoa 0: The Bonitos have their third when Totori dribbles down the right and pulls the ball back for Joe Lui, whose shot proves too hot to handle for Samuel
34′ GOAL!!! Solomon Islands 4 – American Samoa 0: Lui has his second of the afternoon when he swivels and finishes at close-range
37′ D’Angelo Herrera has the rare chance to break forward down the right but gets crowded out by the Solomon Islands defence
39′ YELLOW CARD: Jeffery Bule is cautioned for Solomon Islands
42′ With half time approaching, American Samoa will be keen to get into the sheds without conceding any more goals
44′ Totori goes on a trademark jinking run into the American Samoa box but his final touch is too heavy and the ball eludes him before he can get a shot away
The first half comes to an end
The second half kicks off
47′ Henry Fa’arodo has the first chance of the second effort for the Bonitos with a curled effort that goes just wide of the American Samoa goal
49′ American Samoa have a free kick in a promising position but Natia Natia blasts it low into the wall
50′ Jeffrey Bule creates a chance by playing a sharp one-two but his shot is blocked
51′ YELLOW CARD: Charlie Uhrle is cautioned for American Samoa
55′ Solomon Islands defender Nelson Sale gets a header on target from a corner but the effort goes straight to goalkeeper Samuel
57′ The Bonitos have the ball in the net again through Joe Lui but the goal is disallowed for offside
59′ Samuel pulls off a spectacular save from a Henry Fa’arodo free kick
62′ SUBSTITUTIONS: American Samoa make a double change, Terrence Sinapati being replaced by Edgar Apulu and Lemusa Alatasi being replaced by Jonny Saelua
62′ SUBSTITUTION: Benjamin Totori is replaced by Ian Paia for Solomon Islands
66′ American Samoa have their best chance of the half when Pesamino Victor smashes a long-range shot wide
67′ Seni Ngava hits a powerful shot straight at Samuel
69′ SUBSTITUTION: Captain Henry Fa’arodo is replaced by Mostyn Beui for Solomon Islands
70′ Jeffery Bule is presented with an open goal after Samuel fails to reach a cross but spurns the chance to put Solomon Islands further in front
72′ Samuel makes a great save from a Joe Lui shot
72′ SUBSTITUTION: Hardies Aengari is replaced by Timothy Joe for Solomon Islands
77′ Jeffery Bule cuts onto his right foot and shoots after a scramble in the American Samoa box but Samuel tips it over the bar acrobatically
83′ American Samoa have put in a much better defensive showing in this second half and Solomon Islands are still yet to score
84′ Goalkeeper Samuel is injured when trying to punch a corner clear and play is held up while he receives treatment
90′ Four minutes of injury time will be played
The final whistle is blown

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