Hosts Tahiti have defeated Vanuatu 1-0 in the first day of Group A action at the OFC U-17 Championship 2017 at Stade Mahina in Papeete, Tahiti.

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Tahiti: 16. Moana PITO (GK) (C), 2. Ariimana TAAROAMEA, 3. Taumihau TEHAAMOANA, 5. Giovanni BOOENE, 6. Kavai’ei MORGANT, 8. Eddy KASPARD, 9. Tutehau TUFARIUA, 10. Yann VIVI, 14. Tautu HEITARAURI, 15. Kalahani BEAUMERT, 17. Terai BREMOND.
Substitutes: 1. Tevaearai TAMATAI (GK), 4. Tohivea HARING, 7. Ryann BOUKROUMA, 11. Hitiora HANERE, 12. Bryand TETUANUI, 13. Herearii KOHUMOETINI, 18. Moanahau LAI, 19. Diego ARANEDA, 20. Nohoarii GARBUTT

Coach: Patrice FLACCADORI (FRA)

Vanuatu: 1. Joshua WILLIE (GK), 2. Jayson TARI, 3. Zidane MAGUEKON (C), 5. Jean-Claude BATICK, 7. Alberick WEQUAS, 8. Tom SAKSAK, 9. Rhydley Napau, 10. Abert VANVA, 11. Fred CHRISTION, 15. Richard THOMAS, 19. Jack WILLIE.
Substitutes: 20. Dgen LEO (GK), 4. Glendon LEKI, 12. Andre DAMELIP, 13. Julio TEVANU, 14. Semy Chris IATI, 16. Dilland NGWELE, 18. Tyson GERE.



90’+3 Moana PITO attempts to clear but miscues the ball forcing Tohivea HARING to clear the ball wide

90’+1 Tahiti win the corner but Kalahani BEAUMERT heads the attempt over the crossbar

90’+1 Tahiti counter attack from the corner but Joshua WILLIE saves a one-on-one attempt from Kalahani BEAUMERT

90′ Four minutes additional time

90′ Jack WILLIE wins the corner for Vanuatu

88′ Hitiora HANERE hits the wall with the free kick and Vanuatu immediately counter attack forcing an out-of-position Moana PITO to have to head the ball out of play

87′ Direct free kick to Tahiti just outside the box after a foul on Yann VIVI

86′ Both teams battle for possession in the Tahiti half until the Polynesians win the free kick after a pile-up of players

85′ Kalahani BEAUMERT charges in from the line and fires the ball towards goal but his attempt flies well over the crossbar

84′ Eddy KASPARD quickly sends the kick through to Tutehau TUFARIUA but the Vanuatu backline makes the clearance

84′ Free kick to Tahiti after a foul on Eddy KASPARD

82′ SUB TAH | Taumihau TEHAAMOANA makes room for Herearii KOHUMOETINI 

82′ Yann VIVI chases a through ball but the offside call is given

82′ Andre DAMELIP looks to send a through ball but put too much power behind it.

80′ Vanuatu put pressure on the Tahiti box but Tom SAKSAK sends his attempt well over the crossbar and out of the park

78′ Abert VANVA fires the ball from nearly half way but Moana PITO gets his hands on the ball

76′ Water break

75′ Possession switches between the teams as back-to-back tackles are made in the middle of the park

74′ SUB TAH | Ariimana TAAROAMEA makes room for Tohivea HARING 

73′ Tutehau TUFARIUA sends a through ball but no Tahiti players is up front to chase it

72′ Vanuatu hold possession while they look to break the Tahiti backline but Kavai’ei MORGANT runs in and makes the tackle

70′ SUB VAN | Fred CHRISTION is replaced by Dilland NGWELE 

70′ SUB VAN | Jayson TARI makes room for Andre DAMELIP 

68′ Free kick to Tahiti after a foul from Fred CHRISTION

67′ Free kick to Vanuatu after a tackle on Jayson TARI

66′ Vanuatu try to push into Tahiti’s half but Tautu HEITARAURI clears it up field

65′ Kalahani BEAUMERT charges down the middle and fires the ball at goal but Joshua WILLIE punches the ball away

65′ SUB TAH | Terai BREMOND makes room for Hitiora HANERE 

63′ Fred CHRISTION charges down the field following a one-two then looks wide for Jayson TARI who sends an attempt just wide of goal

61′ Tutehau TUFARIUA battles for the ball in the Vanuatu box but the offside call is given

60′ Kalahani BEAUMERT charges towards goal but can’t break through the Vanuatu backline

59′ Tautu HEITARAURI fires a free kick well over the crossbar

59′ Tutehau TUFARIUA crosses the ball to Giovanni BOOENE but Joshua WILLIE dives and punches the ball away

58′ Kalahani BEAUMERT receives a through-ball but can’t get it under control before the ball goes out.

55′ Ariimana TAAROAMEA miscues a ball sending it back towards his keeper but Moana PITO receives it on his chest and clears the ball forward

53′ Rhydley NAPAU wins the free kick for Vanuatu when he gets tackled out wide

52′ Jayson TARI sends in a quality cross but the Tahiti backline are the first to it and regain possession

51′ Abert VANVA fights for the ball in the Tahiti box but is tackled by the backline

48′ Kalahani BEAUMERT sends in the free kick to Tutehau TUFARIUA but he is put under pressure by four players and gives away the ball

47′ Free kick to Tahiti after a tackle on Yann VIVI

46′ Kalahani BEAUMERT sends in a cross but Zidane MAGUEKON intercepts and sends the ball forward

46′ Free kick to Vanuatu after a tackle from Eddy KASPARD on the kick off

46′ The second half is underway with Vanuatu kicking off.


45’+2 Ariimana TAAROAMEA receives the ball back from a Tahiti player then fires the ball towards goal but Joshua WILLIE makes the save

45’+1 Kalahani BEAUMERT charges towards goal from out wide but Zidane MAGUEKON makes the clearance wide

45′ Two minutes additional time

45′ Eddy KASPARD has an attempt infront of goal from just outside the box but sends his attempt well over the crossbar.

44′ Eddy KASPARD takes on three players but can’t control the ball long enough to get past a fourth

43′ Kalahani BEAUMERT looks to cross but Jack WILLIE makes the tackle and clears the ball wide.

41′ Free kick to Tahiti after Abert VANVA tackles Giovanni BOOENE into the field barriers

41′ Jean-Claude BATICK chases a through ball but Taumihau TEHAAMOANA guides it out to win the goal kick

40′ Abert VANVA turns as he receives the ball from Rhydley NAPAU and sends his attempt just wide of goal.

39′ Kalahani BEAUMERT fires the free kick straight into Joshua WILLIE’s hands.

38′ YELLOW CARD | Alberick WEQUAS is cautioned for a foul on Terai BREMOND 

38′ Kalahani BEAUMERT’s corner is cleared by the Vanuatu backline and Abert VANVA charges forward for the counter attack

37′ Tutehau TUFARIUA heads the ball through to Terai BREMOND but Richard THOMAS makes the clearance.

36′ Free kick to Vanuatu after a foul from Ariimana TAAROAMEA on Zidane MAGUEKON

35′ Tutehau TUFARIUA charges towards goal but Zidane MAGUEKON wins the ball

34′ Ariimana TAAROAMEA chases the free kick down the line and attempts to cross but sends the ball out of play

34′ Free kick to Tahiti after a foul from Alberick WEQUAS on Tutehau TUFARIUA

30′ Water break

30′ Free kick to Vanuatu after a foul from Tautu HEITARAURI

29′ Vanuatu counter-attack but Jean-Claude BATICK fires his attempt well wide of goal.

29′ Ariimana TAAROAMEA meets a high cross on the far side of the box but can’t get it under control and gives away the goal kick to Vanuatu.

28′ Tautu HEITARAURI micues a clearance and is put under pressure by Abert VANVA but the central defender wins back the ball and plays it to safety.

27′ Abert VANVA feeds a ball through to Fred CHRISTION but Moana PITO runs out and dives on the ball

25′ Eddy KASPARD hits a pass toward goal first time but sends his attempt well over the crossbar

24′ Jean-Claude BATICK sends the free kick straight to the gloves up Moana PITO

23′ YELLOW CARD | Kalahani BEAUMERT is cautioned for moving from the wall before the free kick was taken

23′ Free kick to Vanuatu after a foul from Kavai’ei MORGANT on Rhydley NAPAU

22′ Kalahani BEAUMERT runs the ball down the line and sends another quality cross to Yann VIVI but he can’t get enough power behind his header towards goal.

21′ Vanuatu counter-attack but Abert VANVA sends his attempt well off-target

21′ Yann VIVI sends in a through ball but it has too much power and Joshua WILLIE picks it up

19′ Kalahani BEAUMERT sends in a quality cross to Yann VIVI’s head but Joshua WILLIE saves the attempt

18′ Jean-Claude BATICK Sends the free kick along the goal and wide of the left post.

17′ Free kick to Vanuatu

16′ Alberick WEQUAS tires to clear the corner but Eddy KASPARD meets the ball and fires it into Joshua WILLIE’s gloves.

16′ Tahiti win the corner

15′ Kalahani BEAUMERT tries to carry the ball up the wing but the Vanautu backline clear it wide.

14′ Free kick to Tahiti after a tackle from Rhydley NAPAU.

11′ GOAL! TAH 1-0 VAN | Yann VIVI heads a long ball on the full and straight over the keeper into the back of the net.

10′ Yann VIVI volleys the ball towards goal but is blocked by the Vanuatu backline.

9′ Terai BREMOND fires the ball towards goal but is blocked by the Vanuatu backline

8′ Giovanni BOOENE sends in a dangerous cross but Joshua WILLIE jumps up and makes the save

7′ Tutehau TUFARIUA and Yann VIVI battle in the box for a clear shot at goal but can’t break the Vanuatu backline.

6′ Tutehau TUFARIUA has a powerful shot from well outside the box but his attempt flies over the crossbar.

4′ Jean-Claude BATICK sends a dangerous through-ball to Abert VANVA who sends it just wide of goal.

3′ Abert VANVA has a shot from will outside the Tahiti box but sends it well wide of goal

2′ Tahiti push into the Vanuatu half but the ball goes out for a Vanuatu goalkick

1′ Tahiti get the match underway

Match Officials:
Referee: Matthew CONGER (NZL)
Assistant Referee 1: Tevita MAKASINI (TGA)
Assistant Referee 2: Maleatala SALANOA (SAM)
Fourth Official: Salesh CHAND (FIJ)

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