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Riaria rescues Tahiti from defeat

Written By : Sun Fiji Sportsdesk. Tahiti fought back from a two goal deficit to draw 2-2 with New Caledonia in the first game of Match Day Four at the
11 Jun 2008 12:00

Written By : Sun Fiji Sportsdesk. Tahiti fought back from a two goal deficit to draw 2-2 with New Caledonia in the first game of Match Day Four at the OFC Futsal Championships yesterday.
It was another spirited fight back from the Tahitian side, whose never-say-die attitude resulted in Jimmy Riaria equalising in the 35th minute after New Caledonia had shot out to a 2-0 lead.
But Tahiti coach Rani Bea will be regretting a host of missed opportunities for his side in the opening five minutes which could have painted a different picture.
Against the run of play New Caledonia opened the scoring in the third minute of the match when Yvan Pourouoro converted from close range after a swift New Caledonia counter attack.
Jerry Iaruel increased the lead for New Caledonia two minutes into the second half and it looked as if they were set to collect their first win of the tournament.
But the Tahitian spirit should never be counted out and goals to Yvan Pourouoro and Riaria kept alive Tahiti’s shot at the championship.
Tahiti Coach Rani Bea was happy with the spirit and determination of his side to fight back from 2-0 down but disappointed with the result.
“The objective today was to win because we want to go to Brazil and we really needed the three points today.
“We had a lot of chances in the first half that we should have converted but we wasted and I am disappointed with that.
“But I am happy with where we are in the tournament. Next we have Fiji and that will be a very tough test, they are very strong and physical and we will need a lot of movement off the ball to combat their style.”
New Caledonia coach Eric Michalak was philosophical about his sides loss.
“We lost one ball in the middle of the park and they benefited from it and the whole game changed,” he said. “But that’s the sport and the way it goes and now I look ahead to tomorrow’s game against Fiji and think we must win.”
“Tahiti like us were very tired. They played a big game yesterday against new Zealand so I told my team to try and keep them moving and we did it well in the first half.”
“It won’t be easy for us tomorrow against Tuvalu because I know they are getting better day after day.” – OFC



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