Tahiti have beaten Solomon Islands 1-0 in Papeete to begin OFC Stage 3 of 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Qualifying on a winning note.
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Tahiti: 1. Mikael ROCHE (GK), 2. Taumihau TIATIA, 3. Jay WARREN, 4. Matatia PAAMA, 8. Jonathan TEHAU, 9. Tauhiti KECK, 10. Teaonui TEHAU, 11. Sylvain GRAGLIA, 15. Heimano BOUREBARE, 18. Tefai FAEHAU, 20. Alvin TEHAU (c).
substitutes 5. Ricky AITAMAI, 6. Tunoa TAVAERAI, 7. Heirauarii SALEM, 12. Mauarii TEHINA, 13. Steevy CHONG-HUE, 14. Manuarii HAUATA, 16. Stevens HIRIGA (GK), 19. Valdo YAKEULA,
Coach: Ludovic GRAUGNARD (FRA)
Solomon Islands: 1. Philip MANGO (GK), 2. Haddis AENGARI, 3. Emmanuel POILA, 4. Michael BOSO, 5. Freddie KINI, 7. Atkin KAUA, 8. Joses NAWO, 13. James NAKA, 14. Moffat KILIFA, 15. Jerry DONGA, 18. Henry FA’ARODO (c).
Substitutes 6. Michael SIRA, 9. Gibson DAUDAU, 10. Tigi MOLEA, 11. Mathias IANI, 12. Zantas KABINI (GK), 16. Joachim WAROI, 17. Junior ALBERT,
Coach: Moses TOATA (SOL)
Referee: Mederic LACOUR (NCL)
Assistant Referee 1: Bertrand BRIAL (NCL)
Assistant Referee 2: John PAREANGA (COK)
Fourth Official: Kadir ZITOUNI (TAH)
-30′ The line ups are in with Alvin TEHAU given the armband for Tahiti who have left Steevy CHONG-HUE on the bench. Henry FA’ARODO will skipper his side as the race for a place in Russia 2018 resumes.
-5′ The teams are out and the anthems ring out. Almost set to go.
1′ We’re underway at Stade Pater as Solomon Islands kick off towards the city end
2′ – Tahiti’s Matatia PAAMA gives away possession too easily but Solomon Islands can’t take advanatge. Tahiti eventually regain possession and settle things down
4′ Tahiti’s Tauhiti KECK crosses for Alvin TEHAU but MANGO is swift off his line to clear for a corner.
5′ Shot from Tahiti’s Sylvain GRAGLIA flashes past the far post
6′ Tahiti’s Sylvain GRAGLIA has another effort. On target this time but Solomon Islands Goalkeeper Philip MANGO is down well.
8′ It’s all Tahiti at the moment as GRAGLIA has a chance to pick his spot to open the scoring but shoots wide.
9′ Solomon Islands break, Moffat KILIFA gets off a shot but he’s called back for offside.
11′ Tahiti’s Tauhiti KECK hits a swirling volley that dips on MANGO. Just past his full-stretch dive and shaves the post.
13′ Tahiti have a freekick wide on the left. Heimano BOUREBARE swings it in but Solomon Islands clear.
15′ Solomon Islands Henry FA’ARODO gets himself on the ball, darts through midfield to give some much needed impetus.
18′ Tahiti’s Goalkeeper Mikael ROCHE confidently claims a Solomon Islands corner and sets his side on the counter.
18′ YELLOW CARD The move breaks down and Tauhiti KECK picks up the game’s first booking
22′ Solomon Islands Moffat KILIFA beats the fullback with some silky skills and pulls it back for Atkin KAUA who can’t quite dance himself free for a clear shot.
26′ Tahiti players crowd Solomon Islands goalkeeper Philip MANGO but referee has spotted a foul.
30′ The game has somewhat settled down after a frantic start but the home side still have the upper hand.
35′ Solomon Islands Moffat KILIFA set free doen the left but ROCHE is out well and just beats him to the ball. Solomon Islands have a corner.
36′ ROCHE doesn’t claim the corner and it bounces off a defender towards goal. Tahiti have men on the line to clear.
43′ Tahiti’s Teaonui TEHAU attempts a bicycle kick but referee blows for high feet.
45′ One minute of additional time to be played
45_1′ HALF-TIME Tahiti 0-0 Solomon Islands The teams head back into the changing rooms still deadlocked at 0-0. PLenty of chances, mainly for the side, but Solomon Islandsa have shown flashes of brilliance and at 0-0 it’s still anyone’s match.
46′ We’re off again at Stade Pater with 45 minutes left for someone to break the deadlock.
50′ Solomon Islands Joses NAWO tries to lob the stranded Tahiti keeper from close to 40 metres out and overcooks it by mere centimetres.
51′ YELLOW CARD – The second name to go in the ref’s notebook is Solomon Islands Moffat KILIFA
53 – GOAL! Tahiti 1-0 Solomon Islands Tahiti’s Tauhiti KECK gives his side the lead with wide free kick that escaped everyone and slid in at the far post
57′ -YELLOW CARD Solomon Islands skipper Henry FA’ARODO breaks up a promising Tahiti attack but is cautioned for his efforts.
66′ Solomon Islands James NAKA battles two defenders to break into the box but is muscled off the ball.
67′ Tahiti’s Teaonui TEHAU is forced wide as he bears down on goal. Shoots into the side netting.
69′ SUB Tahiti – Steevy CHONG-HUE replaces goalscorer Tauhiti KECK
72′ SUB Tahiti – Tunoa TAVAERAI comes in for Ricky AITAMAI
74′ SUB Solomon Islands – Joachim WAROI enters the game forJerry DONGA
76′ Small break here as Solomon Islands Goalkeeper Philip MANGO receives treatment.
77′ SUB Solomon Islands MANGO can’t continue so he’s replaced by Zantas KABINI in goal.
80′ Solomons have a freekick on the edge of the box. Rebound falls to Moffat KILIFA who flashes a shot just wide.
83′ FA”ARODO through on goal but he his run started offside and is called back.
86′ Tahiti think they’ve scored as Solomon Islands Goalkeeper Zantas KABINI misses a freekick but he was unsighted by offside Tahiti runners. No goal.
88′ SUB Solomon Islands Atkin KAUA replaced by Gibson DAUDAU
88′ SUB Tahiti Ricky AITAMAI replaces Taumihau TIATIA
89′ Tahiti camped in Solomon goal box but the visitors are keeping them at bay for now.
90+3′ Late caution for Solomon Islands Haddis AENGARI
FULLTIME – Tahiti 1-0 Solomon Islands That’s it. Tahiti have made a wining start to Stage 3 thanks to Tauhiti Keck’s goal.