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Delta Tigers See Red

Rewa lose Champions League opener Marist FC have beaten a nine-men Rewa side 4-2 to claim victory in the OFC Champions League clash at Stade Pater in Tahiti last night.
13 Mar 2017 11:00
Delta Tigers See Red
Rewa football team before their OFC Champions League debut in Tahiti yesterday. Photo: OFC Media

Rewa lose Champions League opener

Marist FC have beaten a nine-men Rewa side 4-2 to claim victory in the OFC Champions League clash at Stade Pater in Tahiti last night.

The Solomon Islands based-side stamped their mark in the third minute when Andre Morosin smacked in a spectacular free kick to lead 1-0.

Rewa tried hard with brothers Iosefo Verevou and Epeli Saukuru working overtime but the Marist FC defenders kept a close watch as they shut out Brazilian import Elias Silva.

The Delta Tigers struck the equaliser in the 44th minute when Marcelo Tannus in a solo effort slammed the ball past Marist FC goalkeeper Phillip Mango as they settled 1-1 at halftime.

The match got scrappy in the second half when Rewa’s Tannus and Peniame Drova along with Marist FC’s Timothy Bakale and Guilherme Guedes copped yellow cards.

In the 66th minute Drova got his marching orders for a foul in the penalty box as Rewa played with 10-men. From the penalty Guedes made no mistake with the spot kick as they led 2-1.

In a tactical move, Guedes was moved to central midfield as he began to exploit loopholes in the Rewa defence. The move paid dividend in the 71st minute when Guedes dribbled past three Rewa defenders to set-up Bakale who slotted in their third goal.

In the 80th minute, Rewa were playing with nine-men after defender Diego Maximo got the red card for dropping his arm on the face of Guedes.

The Marika Rodu coached- side fought back and in the 89th minute Amani Makoe slotted in their second goal as they trailed 3-2. But it was Guedes who had the last laugh when he cheekily back heeled the ball past Simione Tamanisau for their fourth goal.

Meanwhile, Auckland City FC just scraped through to claim three points with a 2-1 win against Western United, while Lae City Dwellers opened Group C action and claimed their first ever OFC Champions League victory with their 5-2 win against Malampa Revivors at Mangere Centre Park in Auckland, New Zealand yesterday.

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