Big finish for Tahiti in Group D

Heivarii Tavanae celebrates scoring in Tahiti's victory over Poland. Credit: FIFA via Getty Images

Tahiti beat Poland 8-4 to finish their Group D campaign in a strong position at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup Bahamas 2017.

The Tahitians jumped in front early and were 4-0 up after the first interval, with Angelo Tchen’s rocket into the top corner the pick of the bunch.

Tiki Toa captain Naea Bennett then scored a brace in the second period to give the 2015 runners-up an even bigger cushion.

However, Poland then mounted a respectable fightback. Tomasz Lenart scored his first Beach Soccer World Cup goal late in the second period and Konrad Kubiak netted a penalty in the third to give the European champions some hope.

A Tahiti own goal and a Jakob Jesionowski strike brought the game to 6-4. However, a late free-kick from Heiarii Tavanae and a goal from Raimana Li Fung Kuee meant the Pacific islanders were too strong on the day and finished group stage play on six points.

Tahiti finished second in Group D behind South American champions Brazil, who beat Japan 9-3 in their final group match.

The Tiki Toa have now reached the quarter finals at the past three World Cup tournaments.

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