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Tahiti suffer second defeat at U-20 World Cup

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Tahiti’s dream of qualifying for the knockout phase of the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2019 tournament is virtually over  following a 5-0 loss to Poland in their second Group A match.

Following their 3-0 defeat to Senegal in their opener, the Tahitians were hoping to bounce back against the host nation, but with the the support of their home crowd, The White Eagles took control of the match early on and never looked back.

Poland’s first came via volley from Jakub Bednarczyk in the 18th minute before Marcel Zylla’s nabbed his team’s second with a half-volley that bounced over the goalkeeper’s head.

Dominik Steczyk joined in when he scored Poland’s third goal, putting his team in a strong position six minute from half-time.

Playing a pivotal role in Poland’s attacking front, Steczyk completed his brace in the 61st minute, before Adrian Benedyczak made it 5-0 in the 74th minute.

Tahiti’s best chance came in the 82nd minute, when Tutehau Tufariua fired a shot that Radosław Majecki was able to parry out for a corner.

The hosts will be roaring with confidence when they face Group A leaders Senegal next, while Tahiti will meet Colombia in their final group match on Wednesday night local time.



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