Samoa 1 – 1 Tonga

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The starting line-ups were as follows:
Samoa: 22. Masi TOETU (GK), 2. Andrew SETEFANO, 3. Charles BELL (c), 4. Vaalii FAALOGO, 5. Silao MALO, 7. Jarrell SALE, 9. Max Tom HOEFLICH, 13. Lionel TAYLOR, 17. Desmond FA’AIUASO, 18. Jared CURTIS, 19. Shaun EASTHOPE
Substitutes: 1. Jordan VON HEIDERBRANDT, 6. Albert BELL, 8. Penitito TUMUA, 10. Luki GOSCHE, 11. To’o GOSCHE, 12. Mike SAOFAIGA FOAI, 14. Joseph HOEFLICH, 16. Sapati UMUTAUA, 20. Peni KITIONA, 21. Ethan ELISAIA
Coach: Tunoa LUI [SAM]
Tonga: 18. Kaneti FELELA (GK), 2. Sione TOVO, 4. Fineasi PALEI, 5. Samisoni MAFI, 6. Folio MOEAKI (c), 8. Unaloto FEAO, 9. Kinitoni FALATAU, 10. Malakai SAVIETI, 11. Lafaele MOALA, 15. Sione TEU, 18. Kaneti FELELA, 20. Ilalio LEAKONA
Substitutes: 1. Soane FAUPULA, 7. Pio PALU, 12. Timote MAAMALOA, 13. Viliami VAITAKI, 14. Lokoua TAUFAHEMA, 16. Petesa ONGOSIA, 17. Siosifa MOIMOI, 21. Vitolio LATU
Coach: Chris WILLIAMS [AUS]
Referee: Averii JACQUES [TAH]
Assistant referee 1: David CHARLES [PNG]
Assistant referee2: Didier HMUZO [NCL]
Fourth official: Andrew ACHARI [FIJ]
The match kicks off
2′ Silao Malo gets on the end of a ball on the left of the Tongan penalty area but shoots straight at goalkeeper Kaneti Felela from a tight angle
4′ Samoa have dominated these early stages and Tonga are yet to break out of their half
8′ The hosts win a freekick in a dangerous position near the corner flag
9′ Shaun Easthope puts a good ball in as Andrew Setefano climbs high to win the header but the ball goes wide of the goal
10′ YELLOW CARD: Samoa’s Jared Curtis is cautioned
12′ Samoa’s Silao Malo hits a powerful left-foot strike from just inside the area but Kaneti Felela has safe hands
15′ Unaloto Feao is called for a late swinging foot and Samoa earn a freekick in a central position just outside the box
16′ Desmond Fa’aiuaso hits the ball into the wall and Tonga eventually clear
20′ Shaun Easthope shoots on goal from a 40-yard freekick but Tonga goalkeeper Kaneti Felela makes a comfortable save
22′ Silao Malo’s corner goes through everyone and Tongan defender Ilalio Leakano has to clear the ball off the goal line
24′ YELLOW CARD: Desmond Fa’aiuaso is cautioned for an elbow on Ilalio Leakano as they challenged for the ball
24′ YELLOW CARD: Tonga’s Ilalio Leakano is in turn cautioned for retaliation
27′ Jared Curtis curls a good cross in from the left but Tonga use their height advantage to clear the ball from danger
29′ The best chance of the game for Samoa as Lionel Taylor turns and shoots from close range but Felela makes a good diving save at the near post
32′ Lionel Taylor picks up a Tongan clearance and tries his luck from 25 yards but the ball goes just over the bar
36′ Samoa are keeping possession well but struggling to find that final pass in the attacking third
39′ Max Tom Hoeflich’s lofted shot from wide on the right is too high
40′ Dead ball specialist Silao Malo takes a freekick from the edge of the area but his shot is deflected out for a corner
43′ PENALTY: Tonga captain Folio Moeaki commits an unnecessary foul on Desmond Fa’aiuaso who had his back to goal
44′ PENALTY GOAL!!! Samoa 1 Tonga 0: Shaun Easthope leaves the keeper no chance hitting the penalty into the top right corner
The first half comes to an end.
The second half kicks off.
47′ Desmond Fa’aiuaso hits his shot straight at the goalkeeper from 12 yards
49′ Tonga goalkeeper Kaneti Felela does well to punch the ball clear from a deep, curling cross
54′ Fa’aiuaso tries to find his strike Silao Malo inside the box but Tonga clear
56′ Samoa’s Max Tom Hoeflich connects well with Silao Malo’s corner but his header is cleared off the line by Sione Teu
57′ SUBSTITUTION: Timote Maamaloa replaces Sione Tono for Tonga
61′ SUBSTITUTION: Albert Bell replaces Charles Bell for Samoa
65′ Max Tom Hoeflich puts in a deep cross from the right which is met by a leaping Felela
68′ Tonga put in a corner but goalkeeper Masi Toetu is deemed to be fouled. Freekick for Samoa
71′ An inswinging freekick from Unaloto Feao brings out the best in Toetu who punches the ball clear under intense pressure at the near post
73′ Tonga substitute Timote Maamaloa beats the offside trap and smashes his shot against the upright from 10 yards
78′ YELLOW CARD: Unaloto Feao is cautioned for a dangerous tackle
79′ A glorious opportunity for Tonga as Feao misses from a few yards out
80′ SUBSTITUTION: Mike Saofaiga Foai replaces Max Tom Hoeflich for Samoa
81′ SUBSTITUTION: Lokoua Taufahema replaces Sione Teu for Tonga
82′ GOAL!!! Samoa 1 Tonga 1: After being on the field less than a minute, Lokoua Taufahema heads in an equaliser from close range
90′ YELLOW CARD: Samoa’s Shaun Easthope is cautioned for dissent
90 +1′ Tonga’s Unaloto Feao is through on goal with just the keeper to beat but Toetu does well to make the save
The final whistle is blown.

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