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LIVE UPDATES: FIJI vs. NEW ZEALAND (fulltime: 1-2)

LAUTOKA – Welcome to Churchill Park, Lautoka, for the opening match of the OFC Men’s Olympic Football tournament between host nation Fiji and favourites New Zealand.

The weather is fine but humid and the very real prospect of heavy rain in the afternoon. Fiji has named a full strength squad with New Zealand likely to go with a midfield trio of Dan Keat, Shaun Van Rooyen and Craig Henderson.

Osea Vakatalesau is named as Fiji’s captain. The towering Vakatalesau wil be hoping to find some good form after a difficult spell with Youngheart Manawatu.


)’- The teams are going through their respective warm-ups with the crowd slowly building up.

1’ Fiji start the match as the temperatuyre drops and the proispect of rain looms

2’ Frenetic start by both teams as Craig Henderson is fouled and Job Minan awards Oly-Whites a free kick

3’ Roy Krishna lashes a blistering shot straight at Jacob Spoonley who parries expertly

4’ Aaron Scott misjudges a long ball and New Zealand are in trouble but the danger is cleared

5’ Osea Vakatalesau hits the crossbar with a header from a Avinesh Swamy shot

6’ New Zealand win a corner but the danger is cleared – Fiji have the upper hand at the moment and confidence is building

7’ A Swamy shot flies high wide and handsome as the wide midfielder slips and miscues his shot

10’ New Zealand seem to have survived a blistering start and are now looking ore com[posed pon the ball a Henderson shot goes narrowly wide

11’ Steve Old and Roy Krishna battle a long ball from Avinesh Swamy

12’ Krishna Samy with a free kick 10 yards inside New Zealand territory – the ball is given away and Malakai Tiwa clatters into Hone Fowler for a New Zealand freekick

13’ A real let off for Fiji – Greg Draper fires a shot at Benaminio who parries but Ellensohn can’t make the rebound as Dunadamu clears the ball

14’ Steven Old clears a Tiwa throughball

15’ Vakatalesau nutmegs Aaron Scott and is brought crashing the ground – Spoonley punches the kick clear

17’ A great cross by Suwamy is punched clear by Spoonley off the head of Vakatalesau –it’s a corner

18’ Spoonley punches the ball clear for another corner

19’ Its payed short and Suwamy fires a blistering shot high and wide of Spoonley’s goal

20’ New Zealand still look composed by Fiji are making all the play at the moment with the Oly-Whites playing the hosts on the break

21’ Esava Naqeleca shoots from outside the penalty area but his effort is woefully off target

22’- Vakatalesau nutmegs Boxall and lays a ball into the path of Krishna who spins but shoots wide

23’ Spoonley with the goal-kick for New Zealand and he hits it straight to Krishna but Krishna’s one-two with Vakatalesau ends up back in Spoonley’s grateful arms

24’ Fiji look shakey in defence whenever New Zealand come forward Ronjil Chand wins an aerial duel with Greg Draper

25’ Great diving tackle by Dan Keat to deny Damudamu – it’s a corner to Fiji

26′ Suwamy evades Keat this time but his shot flies over the bar harmlessly – is pattern forming for the host nation?

27’ A crowd of about 6,000 has filled Churchill Park as the local market closes

       Craig Henderson tries a clever through ball but is cleared by Ronjil Chand

27’Cole Peverly fires a long range effort high over the bar

28’ Nice one-two between Krishan and Rao but Krishna’s shot is blocked by Steven Old

28’ Vakatalesau is through on goal with Spoonley but his lob goes one yard wide with the crowd on its feet and Vakatalesau’s head in his hands

29’ Big chance for New Zealand – free kick from Ellensohn finds a rebound from Benaminio and has it in the net but its disallowed for offside


29’ Big chance for New Zealand – free kick from Ellensohn finds a rebound from Benaminio and has it in the net but its disallowed for offside

32’ There is very little to choose from between these two teams – Fiji lack sharpness but not opportunity up front; New Zealand look solid and composed.

32’ Boxall wins another header from Krishna and the Oly-Whites are camped in Fiji’s half

33’ GOAL! Cole Peverly picks up a lay off and lashes home a sensational goal for New Zealand! Its 1-0 to the Oly Whites! Benaminion had no chance

34′ The goal has settled New Zealand and Fiji look stunned after dominating much of the play so far

37′ SUBSTITUTION – Out 3. Shameel RAO In 18. Shivan SWAMY – Fiji

40’ Cole Peverly has taken a knock as play halts with Fiji to restart with a corner

40’ The ball is cleared and substitute Shivan Swamy fires a long range shot but its cleared

41’ GOAL! A Malakai Tiwa lo
ng range is deflected into the New Zealand net by Steven Old – its credited to Tiwa


45+1′ Job Minan brings the first half to a close with the match level at 1-1.




46′ Fiji are deep in New Zealand territory as the clouds gather – it looks like the rain will soon be lashing down at Churchill Park


49′ Shot by Esava Naqeleca goes well wide of the target


50′ Benaminio the Fiji keeper brings the ball forward as the expected afternoon rain teems down on the match


51′ Throw in to New Zealand but the ball is cleared now Fiji break but Vakatalesau chooses to shoot and its hopelessly wide

51′ Krishna is through on goal and cuts the ball back after a Cryuff turn in the penalty area but Vakatalesau overuns the ball

52′ The crowd is now 9,000 with all stands at Churchill Park full – a lofted throughball for Krishna skids to safety as Spoonley picks up the ball

55′ Its thunder and lightening now as New Zealand prepare to bring on Costa Barbarouses

58′ Shivan Suwamy shoots but Hone Fowler blocks

61′ SUBSTITUTION 18. Costa Barbarouses in; 14. Shaun Van Rooyen out; New Zealand

63′ The pace of the match has slowed after a frenetic first half but the rain has meant the ball has skidded away from players

64′ New Zealand is starting to knock the ball about with great aplomb despite the conditions

66′ Barbarouses has looked effective since coming on and an attack that began with the Wellington Phoenix striker ends with a New Zealand corner

67′ Dan Keat’s outswinging corner goes out for a goal-kick


68′ Krishna’s shot goes wide for Fiji


71′ The match has swung New Zealand’s way with the Oly-Whites looking increasingly dangerous through Barbarouses


73′ Keat fouls Tiwa – freekick to Fiji on halfway


77′ Fiji clear an attempted shot by Barbarouses


83′ New Zealand win a series of corners but so far they have come to nothing with the Fiji coping – but only just


84′ Fiji are playing this game on the break and keep getting caught offside


85′ SUBSTITUTION 17. Maciu Damudamu in; 10. Osea Vakatalesau out; Fiji


85′ SUBSTITUTION 6. Sam Messam out; 17. Daniel Ellensohn out; New Zealand


86′ New Zealand go for broke as Messam pairs up with Babrbarouses to try and breach this defence


86′ Roy Krishna shot is saved brilliantly by Spoonley


88′ Referee Job Minan adds 2 minutes additional time


89′ Rampaging run from Sam Messam and he bustles through on goal but his lay off is blocked


90′ GOAL! Steve Old scores from the corner and its 2-1 to New Zealand!


90+2′ Referee Job Ponis Minan signals the end of an ethralling match with New Zealand winning 2-1







FIJ: 1. Benaminio MATEINAQARA; 2. Esava NAQELECA; 3. Shameel RAO; 5. Krishna SAMY; 6. Ranjil CHAND; 7. Avinesh Waran SUWAMY; 8. Alvin SINGH; 10. Osea VAKATALESAU (c); 12. Malakai WAQA; 14. Roy KRISHNA; 16. Malakai TIWA.

SUBS: 4. Uraia RAIMULU; 9. Leone DAMUDAMU; 11. Kalasito POSIANO; 13. Joseph MISHRA; 15. Elvin PRASAD; 17. Maciu DUNADAMU; 18. Shivan SWAMY; 19. Ratu Josevata DUGUCAGI.

Coach: Juan Carlos BUZZETTI (AUS)

NZL: 1. Jacob SPOONLEY; 2. Aaron SCOTT (c); 5. Michael BOXALL; 7. Steven OLD; 8. Cole PEVERLY; 9. Craig HENDERSON; 11. Dan KEAT; 12. Hone FOWLER; 14. Shaun VAN ROOYEN; 16. Greg DRAPER; 17. Daniel ELLENSOHN.

SUBS: 3. Phil EDGINTON; 4. Jason HAYNE; 6. Sam MESSAM; 10. Jeremy BROCKIE; 13. Joel MATHEWS; 15. Cole TINKLER; 18. Costa BARBAROUSES; 20. Liam LITTLE (rgk); 21. Roy BELL (rgk).

Coach: Stu JACOBS (NZL)

Referee: Job Ponis MINAN (PNG)

Assistant Referee 1: Matthew TARO (SOL)

Assistant Referee 2: Michael JOSEPH (VAN)

Fourth Official: Lencie FRED (VAN)

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