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OFC CL Group B review

Vanuatu’s Luganville hosted an action-packed Group B in the OFC Champions League 2020.

There was never a dull moment in the group with goals galore during matches played in scorching conditions at the Luganville Soccer City Stadium in February.

Home side the Malampa Revivors eventually topped the pool after delivering a masterful performance to beat Papua New Guinea’s Lae City 3-0 on the final matchday courtesy of an Andre Batick hat-trick.

Batick’s treble was sweet redemption after he was red carded in their opening pool match and had to sit out the second game due to suspension.

But while Batick was among the goals in the final outing, three other players feature in the video above showcasing the group’s best strikes.

Lae City’s Nigel Dabinyaba and Raymond Gunemba both scored scintillating goals during their team’s 7-0 rout of Fijian club Lautoka FC, while Edwin Bai’s effort for Malampa against the Henderson Eels was also one of the best on offer.

While Malampa finished first in the group, Solomon Islands club the Henderson Eels also advanced as they came second, only trailing the Revivors on goal difference.

The group was closely contested throughout the three matchdays with Malampa and Henderson both winning only one game each to go with two draws. Lae City finished third with Lautoka in fourth.

Henderson beat Lautoka 3-2 in their final outing scoring three goals in the final 25 minutes to come back from 2-0 down; the winning goal came in the sixth minute of additional time through Joses Nawo.

Lae City’s Emmanuel Simon led the golden boot chart for the pool with four goals in three games.

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