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Fiji Learn From The Best In Rio

The Team Fiji men’s football side went down 10-0 to Germany at the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte, Brazil yesterday. The big loss saw the Fijians lose all their pool
12 Aug 2016 09:30

The Team Fiji men’s football side went down 10-0 to Germany at the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte, Brazil yesterday.

The big loss saw the Fijians lose all their pool matches- 8-0 to South Korea and 5-1 to Mexico.

But it has been a learning experience for the Frank Farina-coached side as they made their first ever Olympic Games experience. The side had only one professional football player in Roy Krishna who plays for Wellington Phoenix in the Australian A-League competition.

The win saw the Germans go through to the last eight as they got second place in Group C behind South Korea. The Germans knew their job ahead of the game, sitting- at that time- third in the group needing a big win to stand the best possible chance of progressing to the knockout stages. They did just that, racing into a six-goal lead by the interval and adding four more in the second half, with Nils Petersen and Max Meyer helping themselves to five and three goals apiece.

Serge Gnabry took his tally to five for the tournament with a first-half brace, and it was the Arsenal man who opened the scoring inside the opening ten minutes. Julian Brandt, at the centre of everything for Germany, was set free down the right, and his squared ball was knocked in by the No17.

Petersen then got his first of the game, and Rio 2016, moments later, following up on a Max Meyer shot that was spilled by Fijian goalkeeper Simione Tamanisau. Meyer himself got on the scoresheet on the half-hour mark, before Petersen headed in his second.

The Freiburg man completed his hat-trick five minutes before the break, finishing a superb pass by the irrepressible Brandt. Gnabry’s second of the day moments before the interval was his second free-kick of the tournament, one that found its way directly into the net, rather than via a deflection as against Korea Republic last time out.

The one-way traffic continued in the second half, with Meyer taking hold of the game and making it his own. The Schalke midfielder scored Germany’s seventh, rolling his studs over the ball with his right foot to deceive the Fijian defence before finishing left-footed past Tamanisau.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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