New Caledonia have battled from a goal down to beat Papua New Guiena 4-1 in their opening Group A match.
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Papua New Guinea: 19. Edward LAKAE (GK), 2. Kenneth PILAILO, 3. Darius JAMES, 5. Gabby YANUM, 6. Peter DABINYABA, 8. Gregory TOGUBAI, 9. Stahl GUBAG, 10. Jonah IHA, 11. Giwi SIMON, 13. Alu AWI, 18. Felix KOMOLONG (C)
Substitutes1. Jonathan POLE (RGK), 4. Edward JOSHUA, 7. Moses TUPA, 12. George KOREI, 14. Jaggen NALU, 15. Oswald BADE, 16. Punchimil KEPINIU, 17. Winston SOMASI.
Coach: Peter GUNEMBA (PNG)
New Caledonia: 1. Mickaël ULILE (GK), 2. Gaëtan GOPE-IWATE, 3. Jean-Marc KAUDRE, 4. Brice KAI, 5. Pothin POMA, 6. Wapö ELE-HMAEA, 7. Bryan AUSU, 9. Albert WATRONE, 10. Thomas GOPE-FENEPEJ, 12. Wéda WAITREU, 18.Renzo WEJIEME.
Substitutes8. Shene WELEPANE, 11. Patrick GOHE, 13. Warren HOUALA, 14. Romarick LUEPAK, 15. Henri BOUCHERON, 16. Lucas BITAUD, 17. Johanes BERNOLE, 19. Cyril NYPIE, 20. Nathanaël HLEMU (RGK)
Coach: Kamali FITEALEATA (NCL)
Referee: Kader ZITOUNI (TAH)
Assistant Referee 1: Sione TEU (TGA)
Assistant Referee 2: John PARENAGA (COK)
Fourth Official: George TIME (SOL)
90+4′ FULLTIME That’s the last action in this match as fulltimme is blown
90+4′ Warren HOUALA meets Bryan AUSU’s cross to make it 4-1 to New Caledonia.
90+2′ SOMASI has a chance but his header his well held by New Caledonia’s Goalkeeper Mickael ULILE
87′ New Caledonia’s Patrick GOHE smacks his shot off the crossbar
86′ YELLOW CARD A PNG player is cautioned – just awaiting confirmation
82′ SUBNew Caledonia’s Shene WELEPANE replaces Thomas GOPE FENEPEJ
82′ GOAL!!! Pothin POMA extends New Caledonia’s lead with a sweetly struck freekick that went through the wall and snuck in low inside the post. 3-1 lead for New Caledonia.
79′ SUB PNG Papua New Guinea’s Winston SOMASI enters the game for Peter DABINYABA
76′ LUEPAK gets an early chance, beating LAKAE to a cross but flashing his header wide
75’SUB One of the goalscorers, New Caledonia’s Albert Watrone is replaced by Warren HOUALA
73′ SUB Papua New Guinea’s Jaggen NALU replaces Jonah IHA
70′ A fantastic save from ULILE protects New Caldonia’s lead as Giwi SIMON bears down on goal.
68′ GOAL!!! Thomas GOPE FENEPEJ duly converts the spotkick and New Caledonia have thier first lead of the match. 1-2
67′ PENALTY!!! Bryan AUSU earns his side a chance to take the lead, broght down in the box.
65′ SUB Weda WAITREU replaced by Patrick GOHE
64′ New Caledonia’s Weda WAITREU is brought down in the box but it’s a clean challenge and New Caledonia get a corner.
62′Giwi SIMON has teh ball in the net for PNG but it won’t count as teh assistant flags for offside.
57′ Almost immediately, PNG go clese to extending the lead but the balls loops onto the top of the net.
56′ GOAL!!! You have to say it was coming. New Caledonia’s Albert WATRONE gets reward for some tireless effort this half. He beats one man and as the ball runs loose, Edward LAKAE doesn’t clear and WATRONE finsihes the job. A defender gets a touch but that’s WATRONE’s goal. 1-1
52′ AUSU gets a chance himself but flashes a shot accross the face of the PNG goal. It’s all New Caledonia at the minute.
51′ AFter a pair of half chances ealier in the half, New Caledonia’s Albert WATRONE can’t quite convert Bryan AUSU’s cross.
49′ Pothin POMA tries to chip SIMON under pressure but it goes awry and needs a fine one v one save from ULILE at the feet of SIMON to get him out of jail.
47′New Caledonia’s Albert WATRONE gets into a dangerous position but can’t quite free his feet or shake his marker to get a shot away.
46′ Back underway in POrt Vila with Papua New Guine leading New Caledonia 1-0
45+2′ Halftime That’s halftime at Port Vila Satdium, with Papua New Guinea leading New Caledonia 1-0 thanks to Alu AWI’s 24th minute goal.
45′KAUDRE breaks down the right and with only one teammate to aim for he manages to pick out the run of Weda WAITREU who heads wide.
43′ New Caledonia trying to spark something in midfield but PNG are defending forcefully and not allowing the oposites any room.
39′ Back underway and Giwi SIMON is again in teh thick of it, chasing down a dangerous through ball that Mickael ULILE just collects in time.
37′ Referee Kader ZITOUNI calls for a drinks break. New Caledonia’s Jean-Marc KAUDRE recievs treatment but appears fine to continue.
34′ GOAL! New Caledonia caught in possession in their own box by Giwi SIMON who tees up Alu AWI who sidefoots Papua New Guinea into a 1-0 lead
33′ New Caledonia’s Brice KAI chops DABINYABA but the resulting freekick
28′A succession of New Caledonia corners results in some tense times for the PNG defence. The best chance, a header from Pothin POMA, is brilliantly saved by Edward LAKAE.
24′ Giwi SIMON has been impressive down the right side of PNG’s attack. This time a tidy piece of footwork loses his man but the cross is cleared.
21′ New Caledonia’s Wapo ELE-HMEAE taken out by Peter DABINYABA who gets a talking to. The resulting freekick is claimed aggressivel, albeit at the second attempt by LAKAE in the PNG goal.
17′Giwi SIMON is set free, cuts in from the right but can’t beat Mickael ULILE
16′GOPE FENEPEJ tries his luck but hits his shot over the bar.
15′ Papua New Guinea’s Edward LAKAE is called off his line twice in quick succession but mops up comfortbly.
13′ New Caledonia’s Bryan AUSU rises well to meet an attacking corner but puts his effort just wide.
8′ PNG find space wide on the left but ULILE is equal to ALu AWI’s cross
6′ Another freekick in the middle of the park for New Caledonia. Renzo WEIJEME tries his luck from 40 metres out but it floats just over the bar.
4′ New Caledonia earn a free kick 30 meters out as POMA is brought down.
2′ DABINYABA tries to put Giwi Giwi SIMON through on goal but the PNG forward is offide
1′ Papua New Guinea get the game underway
-5′ The teams are on the field for the national anthems. Papua New Guinea will play in an all red strip while New Caledonia are in all white.