PNG Football Stadium in Port Moresby. Credit: FIFA via Getty Images

Solomon Islands have beaten Papua New Guinea 2-1 in their final 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Qualifiers – OFC Stage 3 group match at PNG Football Stadium in Port Moresby.

The result means Solomon Islands top Group B and will progress to the Stage 3 final where they will meet Group A winners New Zealand in a home-and-away series. will be providing live text updates of this match which kicks off at 5pm, local time, please refresh your browser for the latest.

Papua New Guinea: 23. Ronald WARISAN (GK), 2. Abel REDENUT, 4. Alwin KOMOLONG, 5. Felix KOMOLONG, 7. Raymond GUNEMBA, 8. Michael FOSTER (C), 9. Nigel DABINYABA, 10. David BROWNE, 14. Emmanuel SIMON, 17. Jacob SABUA, 19. Clement WILLIS
Substitutes: 1. Kusuga KOMOLONG (GK), 3. Richard ALOIS, 6. Patrick AISA, 13. Roland BALA, 15. Phillip STEVEN, 16. Orbert BIKA, 18. Stahl GUBAG, 20. Luke KAPRANGI (GK), 21. Ila DAVID (GK), 22. Donovan MURRAY

Coach: Flemming Serritslev (DEN)

Solomon Islands: 1. Phillip MANGO (GK), 2. Joachim WAROI, 3. Robert LAUA, 4. Nelson SALE, 5. Haddis AENGARI, 6. Henry FA’ARODO, 7. Jerry DONGA, 9. Benjamin TOTORI, 10. Micah LEA’ALAFA, 11. Gagame FENI 17. Atkin KAUA
Substitutes: 8. Timothy BAKALE, 12. Zantas KABINI (GK), 13. Emmanuel POILA, 14. Thomas AMASIA, 18. Obed OFEA, 20. James NAKA, 21. Richard HIROMANA



90’+4′ FENI goes it alone up the right flank but BIKA puts in the effort to close him down

90’+4′ GUBAG shoots low but Solomon Islands scramble it away

90″3′ Papua New Guinea with a free kick just inside Solomons half – but SALE heads clear

90′ A minimum of four minutes additional time

90′ SUB PNG | Abel REDENUT makes room for Stahl GUBAG

88′ Emmanuel SIMON with a prime opportunity in front of goal but he sends it over

88′ SUB SOL | Robert LAUA is replaced by Richard HIROMANA

86′ PNG have a free kick and there’s a player down from Solomon Islands in teh area – the ref speaks to someone from both teams

84′ LEA’ALAFA tries to pick out a lone TOTORI with a long ball but finds the waiting hands of WARISAN

83′ SUB PNG | Nigel DABINYABA is replaced by Obert BIKA

82′ Patrick AISA is causing problems for Solomons and picks up a free kick off the edge of the box after a FA’ARODO challenge

81′ PNG corner and FENI is back on the field as the ball is swung long by GUNEMBA

80′ PNG in possession as FENI steps off for treatment and it’s 10v10 right now

79′ REDENUT on the overlap tries to put in a cross but hits the body of FENI

78′ Clement WILLIS tracks an aerial long ball well and heads it out as WAROI waits below

76′ Papua New Guinea attacking with some clear intent here and putting their opponent under immense pressure

76′ David BROWNE is in the Solomon box searching but can’t manage a clean shot

74′ David BROWNE gets the better of FA’ARADO, unfortunately he passes right to his opponents

72′ SUB PNG | Jacob SABUA is replaced by Patrick AISA

71′ Clement WILLIS denies an advancing TOTORI with a timely challenge to deny him the shot

70′ A little tempestuous from GUNEMBA as the frustration rises – PNG doing very well when in possession and hardly looking to be at a man disadvantagge

67′ Fantastic through the middle from LEA’ALAFA who has both SIMON and SABUA running in circles before laying off side to WAROI

66′ Another overhead effort from GUNEMBA this time he gives it too much air

65′ SUB SOL | An injured Jerry DONGA is replaced by Emmanuel POILA

63′ GUNEMBA attempts an overhead in the Solomons box but tangles with FA’ARODO

62′ Free kick for PNG and David BROWNE spies an opportunity to go quickly and it almost pays off but MANGO has read it

60′ MANGO just touches the ball and it’s a corner for PNG which then just misses the waiting head of A. KOMOLONG

60′ FA’ARODO’s challenge leaves SIMON on the deck but he’s soon up directing play for the free kick

59′ WARISAN is ready when Jerry DONGA comes racing at him – booting clear away from the arriving attacker

58′ Foster again causing all sorts of trouble for Solomon Islands with some fast-paced attacking and solid defending

57′ A poor challenge from Timothy BAKALE sees him concede a free kick in the Solomon Islands half

56′ Superb defendeing from Michael FOSTER who tracks back and wins possession

55′ FA’ARODO sernds the free kcik flying off target

54′ LEA’ALAFA goes to ground after a SIMON challenge and it’s a free kick for Solomon Islands

53′ YELLOW CARD ” Michael FOSTER is cautioned 

52′ TOTORI magic sees him round A. KOMOLONG and put in a killer cross but LEA’ALAFA has over run it

50′ GUNEMBA speeds past his marker but SALE follows well and manages to put the striker off

48′ PNG make an intercept and Jacob SABUA tries to send GUNEMBA through on goal but he can’t get to the ball first

46 Second half gets underway at PNG Football Stadium

HALF-TIME SUB SOL | Atkin KAUA is replaced by Timothy BAKALE


45’+2′ GOAL! PNG 1-2 SOL | Jerry DONGA is on his own with just WARISAN to beat and he does so with precision

45’+2′ TOTORI puts DONGA through

45′ There will be a minimum of two minutes additional time

44′ SIMON uses FA’ARODO to get some extra lift and it’s Solomons free kick

43′ BROWNE beats past WAROI and manages to get a cross in but AENGARI gets a head to it

42′ PNG win back and try to send GUNEMBA on goal but he’s come from an offside position

42′ Great height from David BROWNE but it’s not a great challenge on Nelson SALE and it’s a free kick for Solomon Islands

40′ YELLOW CARD | A studs up challenge from Raymond GUNEMBA on Robert LAUA earns him a caution

39′ MANGO almost loses the ball with DABINYABA ready to pounce but manages to recover and claim

38′ Alwin KOMOLONG makes a move from the back and finds REDENUT waiting on the switch

37′ Abel REDENUT goes in strong and hard on FENI conceding a free kick for Solomon Islands

36′ The flag goes up on Gagame FENI who pushed high on the right in search of possession

34′ YELLOW CARD | Atkin KAUA’s challenge on Nigel DABINYABA earns him a caution 

33′ GOAL!!! PNG 1-1 SOL | Henry FA’ARODO converts from the spot 

31′ RED CARD | Felix KOMOLONG is sent to the changing rooms early after he handles the ball in front of goal denying a goalscoring opportunity

31′ DONGA and LEA’ALAFA combine after WARISAN comes racing off his line leaving the goal open

30′ WARISAN picks out David BROWNE who chests down but WAROI gets a foot in before he can create anthing

29′ Waist-height delivery from FA’ARODO is belted away from the goal by Abel REDENUT

28′ SIMON comes in from behind on LEA’ALAFA and it’s a free kick 14m off the top of the area

27′ Exciting combination play between BROWNE and SIMON to keep FA’ARODO and WAROI on their toes

26′ Solomon Islands have a corner but can’t create anything from it

25′ LEA’ALAFA beats two and swings in a shot that’s just a few inches over the cross bar

24′ SIMON curls the free kick at goal and its punched away by MANGO but needs help getting upfield from FA’ARODO

23′ Emmanuel SIMON with a challenge on WAROI that concedes a free kick

22′ LEA’ALAFA touches through to TOTORI who hits it on-target – a fumble from WARISAN but he recovers

20′ GUNEMBA goes for goal once again but its touched out for a corner

18′ GOAL!!! PNG 1-0 SOL | A quick counter attack and some poor communication in front of goal between MANGO and his defender allows Raymond GUNEMBA to poke in a loose ball

17′ TOTORI smothered by three defenders as he beats past Alwin KOMOLONG

16′ Benji TOTORI took a knock in that melee and requires treatment off the field

15′ CLOSE CALL! Papua New Guinea make a clearance off the goal line after a failed clearance puts them under pressure

14′ Gagame FENI with a touch and volley that’s just tipped over by Ronald WARISAN

14′ David BROWNE sent chasing a long ball but he’s got Joachim WAROI also on the chase

13′ Stunning display of control from LEA’ALAFA but Solomons struggle to build on it

12 A free kick in the centre circle for PNG after a challenge from Henry FA’ARODO

11′ Michael FOSTER has the ball on the edge of the 6-yard box and smashes it just over the cross bar

9′ Another questionable challenge from SABUA this time on KAUA earns a word from Japanese referee Jumpei IIDA

8′ Raymond GUNEMBA races directly at goal but he’s halted by a well timed Nelson SALE challenge

7′ LEA’ALAFA curls the ball in at the back post hoping to pick out KAUA but has sent it too long

6′ Jacob SABUA leaves his foot out and brings down an advancing LEA’ALAFA

5′ Two shots from Nigel DABINYABA but Phillip MANGO twice denies at close range

4′ Atkin KAUA behind the delivery into the box but it’s cleared away from danger

3′ Solomon Islands with a free kick 3m off the right corner of the PNG box

2′ Jerry DONGA and David BROWNE go up for an aerial ball and eventually it’s out off the PNG-man

1′ UNDERWAY | A quick start and already a foul from Michael FOSTER on Micah LEA’ALAFA

Match Officials
Referee: Jumpei IIDA (JPN)
Assistant Referee 1: Toru SAGARA (JPN)
Assistant Referee 2: Akane YAGI (JPN)
Fourth Official: Minoru TOJO (JPN)

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