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Second Draw For Fijians

What happened: Fijians failed to get another win in the 2015 BSP Pacific Games football competition as they drew 0-0 with Tahiti in their third game yesterday. The team earlier
08 Jul 2015 11:41
Second Draw For Fijians
Action from the Fiji-Tahiti match at Bisini Field yesterday in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea yesterday. Photo: Anasilini Ratuva

What happened:

Fijians failed to get another win in the 2015 BSP Pacific Games football competition as they drew 0-0 with Tahiti in their third game yesterday.

The team earlier drew with Vanuatu 0-0 and demolished Federated States of Micronesia 38-0.

Fiji got their first shot at scoring after being awarded a free-kick in the 5th minute, but Christopher Wasasala was off the mark.

Fiji was awarded their second free-kick in the 12th minute which FIFA Under-20 World Cup star Iosefo Verevou scored.

The Tahitian defence denied Fiji their third shot at goal as star striker Tom Teriinohopuaiterai stopped Wasasala in the 19th minute.

Tahiti finally got their chance at scoring in the 33rd minute as Tevairoa Tehuritaua intercepted the ball only to be stopped by Tevita Koroi, who came to the rescue six minutes later as Yohan Tihoni took another shot but stopped thanks to Koroi.

Fiji U20 dynamo Nickel Chand copped a yellow card in the 42nd minute and Thibault Pito was cautioned as the competition intensified and a free kick was awarded to Fiji once again but neither side failed to score as they went into halftime 0-0.

Halftime: Fiji 0-0 Tahiti

The second-half didn’t seem to change in pace as both sides juggled possession back and forth. The pressure finally cost Tahiti their captain with Manuarii Hauata copping a red card in the 67th minute after receiving one too many cautions.

The Tahitians lost another man in the 85th minute after Thibault Pito received a second yellow for bringing down substitute Savenaca Nakalevu.

Despite the two-man advantage over their opponents, Fiji failed to capitalise on the opportunity and tussled with Tahiti down to the final minute, Fiji Under-20 player Tevita Waranaivalu copping the second yellow card for reckless challenge on Tihoni.

Comments:

Fiji head coach Carlos Buzzetti said: “The boys did not play a good attacking game, and they were not coordinating themselves well. They did not play as expected.”

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