The Solomon Islands U-18 futsal team lost their third straight match at the Youth Olympic Games going down 10-4 to a powerful Russian side at CeNARD Hall in Buenos Aires this evening.
It didn’t take long for Danil Karpiuk to open the scoring, less than a minute in fact, with the Russian opening proceedings as he intended them to continue.
Karpiuk was the author of a further two goals in the first half, claiming his hat-trick, and was joined on the scoreboard by teammates Pavel Sysoliatin, Maxim Okulov and Pavel Karpov before Solomon Islands were able to hit back with one of their own which came, of course, courtesy of Raphael Le’ai.
Ilia Fedorov then scored one of his own to give Russia a 7-1 lead going into the half-time break.
It was then Solomon Islands who were first off the blocks in the second half as Le’ai netted his second.
However Russia weren’t done yet with a further two different players scoring and Okulov got his brace.
Le’ai for his part continued his scoring ways, notching a further two goals to take his tally for the match to four.
However despite their defensive performance Solomon Islands were left looking at a 10-4 defeat at the hands, or feet as it were, of the Russians.
The one bright spot for Solomon Islands as they continue to search for their first win in Buenos Aires, is the four goals for Le’ai today took his personal goalscoring tally to seven meaning he currently leads the scoring charts.