Tahiti's Teaonui Tehau in pursuit by Papua New Guinea's Jacob Sabua. Credit: OFC via Phototek

A hard-working Papua New Guinea have fallen 3-1 to Tahiti in their first of two matches in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – OFC Stage 3 encounter at Sir John Guise Stadium this evening.

You can watch the full match replay brought to you by EMTV and OFC TV.

Papua New Guinea: 21. Ronald WARISAN (GK), 4. Alwin KOMOLONG, 5. Felix KOMOLONG, 6. Patrick AISA, 8. Michael FOSTER (c), 9. Nigel DABINYABA, 10. David BROWNE,14. Emmanuel SIMON, 15. Philip STEVEN, 17. Jacob SABUA, 19. Clement WILLIS,
Substitutes: 1. Kusuga KOMOLONG (RGK), 2. Abel REDENUT, 3. Richard ALOIS,  12. Samuel KINI, 16. Giwi SIMON, 22. Donovan MURRAY, 23. Ila DAVID (RGK).

Coach: Flemming Serritslev (DEN)

Tahiti: 1. Mikaël ROCHE (GK), 3. Taumihau TIATIA, 4. Matatia PAAMA,6. Tunoa TEVAEARAI, 9. Manarii PORLIER, 10. Teaonui TEHAU, 11. Sylvain GRAGLIA, 12. Mauarii TEHINA, 15. Heimano BOUREBARE, 17. Tamatoa TETAUIRA, 20. Alvin TEHAU (c).
Substitutes:  5. Matatia ROO,  7. Marama AMAU, 8. Manuarii HAUATA,  14. Jay WARREN,  16. Moana PITO (RGK),

Coach: Ludovic GRAUGNARD (FRA)

FULL-TIME | Papua New Guinea 1-3 Tahiti

90’+7′ SUB PNG | Kusuga KOMOLONG does indeed replace the injured WARISAN

90’+6′ Kusuga KOMOLONG, the youngest of the three brothers looks set to make his senior debut

90’+5′ Ronald WARISAN injured trying to block a shot from Alvin TEHAU he doesn’t look in a good way this time

90’+3′ GOAL!!! PNG 1-3 TAH | Teaonui TEHAU gets on the end of a perfect cross from Jay WARREN to volley past WARISAN

90’+1′ Ronald WARISAN take the kick after Tahiti were caught offside and goes direct for goal

90′ A minimum of five minutes additional time

90′ PNG running out of steam but doing enough to keep the pressure on Tahiti’s defence

87′ GRAGLIA with a decent cross in behind the defence, Manarii PORLIER gets his foot to it at the back post but sends it up the face of the goal

86′ Alwin KOMOLONG with a great challenge to halt the advancing Alvin TEHAU

85′ GOAL!!! PNG 1-2 TAH | Sylvain GRAGLIA with an outstanding solo run before slotting in the top left corner

84′ BOUREBARE puts the ball out with a sliding challenge on ALOIS

83′ A couple of chances for PNG but they’re denied at every turn

81′ Teaonui TEAHU brings the ball up the right and crosses, the resulting shot goes wide of the upright

80′ Nope, WARISAN slowly returns to the goal line and DABINYABA clears the corner

79′ WARISAN is down receiving treatment and the doctor is signalling for a sub


75′ SUB TAH | Mauarii TEHINA is replaced by Matatia ROO

74′ YELLOW CARD | Jay WARREN picks up a caution

73′ GRAGLIA puts too much on his cross just flicking it over the cross bar

72′ FOSTER breaks up the left with few in between him and the target but he doesn’t count on ROCHE coming out of his comfort zone to clear

72′ GRAGLIA beats the back line, he takes a couple of touches before slipping the cross in but Alwin KOMOLONG is there to intercept

70′ YELLOW CARD | Nigel DABINYABA is cautioned for a challenge on Mauarii TEHINA

68′ Excellent strike from Mauarii TEHINA and WARISAN claims the powerful shot front on

67′ PORLIER brings down SIMON for a second time and is fortunate it’s just a free kick

66′ YELLOW CARD | Manarii PORLIER is cautioned for a challenge on Emmanuel SIMON

65′ SABUA sends a cross in from the left and Tahiti scramble to clear it out

61′ SUB PNG | Philip STEVEN is replaced by Abel REDENUT

60′ SUB PNG | Patrick AISA makes room for Richard ALOIS

59′ SUB TAH | Jay WARREN comes in for Tunoa TEVAEARAI

59′ GOAL!!! PNG 1-1 TAH | GRAGLIA doesn’t miss this time connecting perfectly with the cross from Teaonui TEHAU’s cross

58′ What an opportunity for Tahiti as the ball is pulled back for GRAGLIA right in front of goal but he smacks it direct at WARISAN

57′ Emmanuel SIMON swings the corner in at the far post but ROCHE is up to make the save

56′ ROCHE sends a long ball but PNG first to it and SABUA makes a lightning run before crossing behind the goal

54′ BOUREBARE with a challenge on SABUA, WARISAN presses up to take the free kick

53′ Late challenge from FOSTER on TEVAEARAI and it takes the defender some time to get back to his feet

53′ AISA with a shirt tug on BOUREBARE sees him concede a free kick

52′ The ball goes wide to SABUA who is flagged for offside as he receives

50′ DABINYABA finds his way into the area, but doesn’t take a shot. Tahiti need to clear better

49′ Tamatoa TETAUIRA with a great header at goal, he’s clipped the back of SIMON’s head with his face

48′ GRAGLIA has the chance to score but has to take a touch allowing WILLIS to get in a block for a corner

47′ A scare for Tahiti and cheers from the crowd as ROCHE has to tip the ball into the cross bar to save

47′ Real pressure on Tahiti to clear as Nigel DABINYABA weaves through the back lin

46′ Papua New Guinea kick the second half off

HALF-TIME | Papua New Guinea 1-0 Tahiti

45’+4′ Foster goes down on the half-way line but Tahiti are able to clear the free kick

45’+3′ Matatia PAAMA has to come across to the line to close down Patrick AISA as PNG continue to keep their opponents on the backfoot

45’+2′ Felix KOMOLONG with a couple of key clearances at the back to deny the approach of the Tahitians

45’+1′ GOAL!!! PNG 1-0 TAH | Alwin KOMOLONG’s delivery is headed over a diving ROCHE by Nigel DABINYABA

45′ YELLOW CARD | Heimano BOUREBARE is cautioned

45′ A minimum of four minutes additional time

45′ SABUA has gone down in the middle of the park

45′ ROCHE to the edge of his area as SABUA come racing in

44′ Alwin KOMOLONG tries to pick out DABINYABA and does, but the forward is offside

43′ Marama AMAU concedes a free kick for a challenge on SABUA

42′ Teaonui TEHAU accidentally handles the ball and Tahiti go back on defence

41′ WARISAN sends upfield from a free kick but can’t quite pick out SABUA

39′ T. TEHAU with a great ball thrrough for Manarii PORLIER but he can’t get the ball back into the middle for the finish

38′ Tahiti in the PNG area but DABINYABA comes deep to win back and PNG once again looking good on attack

37′ Papua New Guinea in possession as play resumes


34′ Tahiti scrambling to clear the ball from their half as PNG keep the pressure on

32′ Excellent curling effort from Mauarii TEHINA but WARISAN is up to it, tipping it over the cross bar

31′ Clement WILLIS leaves his foot in a challenge brining down GRAGLIA and it’s a free kick just outside the area

30′ SUB TAH | Taumihau TIATIA is replaced by Marama AMAU

27′ Corner for PNG whipped in but SIMON can’t get the touch he wants to send it goalwards

26′ SABUA and TEVAEARAI tangle near touch and although there’s no cards, both are spoken to by the referee

25′ Back underway after some astounding scenes at Sir John Guise with PNG down to ten

22′ RED CARD | David BROWNE can’t believe it but he’s been shown red by the referee

20′ BROWNE with a decent cross into the box but it’s claimed by ROCHE who falls into the net with the ball but the whistle has already gone

18′ Pressure is on ROCHE as he punches the initial ball away, before then having to boot clear outside his box

17′ Michael FOSTER with a late challenge on TETAUIRA but it goes unnoticed and Tahiti have a corner

16′ Wicked shot from Jacob SABUA who smashes at goal but it takes a touch and goes wide

15′ Corner goes too long allowing PNG to take off on the attack

14′ Tahiti with a corner and the referee just has a word with Ronald WARISAN

13′ DABINYABA takes the free kick and opts to drive low but it lacks power and ROCHE claims with ease

12′ DABINYABA takes off at pace, he tries to whip around Tamatoa TETAUIRA but goes down for a free kick

11′ Ronald WARISAN comes flying off his line to claim the ball before Teaounui TEHAU can poke it into the net

10′ Free kick floats only centimetres over the cross bar

9′ YELLOW CARD | Tunoa TEVAEARAI is cautioned for a challenge on Patrick AISA

8′ Philip STEVEN sends a free kick upfield

7′ Tamatoa TETAUIRA with a foul on Michael FOSTER sees PNG with a free kick just inside their own half

6′ Taumihau TIATIA delivers across the goal mouth but GRAGLIA can’t quite get a head to it

5′ Jacob SABUA pops the ball through for DABINYABA who sends it middle forcing a corner

4′ Nigel DABINYABA whips a free kick in but Tahiti have turned over and are putting pressure on Felix KOMOLONG and Ronald WARISAN

2′ Sylvain GRAGLIA makes a start for Tahiti at the other end but Emmanuel SIMON covers

1′ David BROWNE makes a strong return to PNG colours as three players are required to stop his left flank attack

1′ Kick off at Sir John Guise Stadium in Port Moresby

Match Officials
Referee: Salesh CHAND (FIJ)
Assistant Referee 1: Avinesh NARAYAN (FIJ)
Assistant Referee 2: Bertrand BRIAL(NCL)
Fourth Official: Mederic LACOUR (NCL)

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