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Lautoka Qualify For Champions League

The Lautoka football team have booked their spot for the Oceania Football Confederations Champions League competition. This was after the Blues extended their lead in the Vodafone Premier League points
26 Aug 2018 10:53
Lautoka Qualify For Champions League
Suva goal keeper Simione Tamanisau dives to collect the ball against Lautoka at Ratu Cakobau Park on August 25, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

The Lautoka football team have booked their spot for the Oceania Football Confederations Champions League competition.

This was after the Blues extended their lead in the Vodafone Premier League points table after beating Suva 2-0 at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori yesterday.

Lautoka coach Kamal Swamy said although he was not happy with their performance, the players knew a win would qualify them to the Champions League.

What happened: The visitors started strong­ly and took an early 1-0 lead.

The goal came in the 10th minute from a long range kick from defender Poasa Bani­valu which saw the ball slid under the arm of Suva goalkeeper Simione Tamanisau to the back of the net.

Suva fought hard looking for the equaliser but were held back by the Lautoka defend­ers.

Halftime: Suva 0-1 Lautoka

Lautoka started the second half strongly and had the Suva defenders working over­time.

Lautoka striker Benjamin Totori broke through the Suva defence to score the second goal just before the final whistle to the joy of his team-mates as they qualify for the Cham­pions League.

Comments: Lautoka coach Swamy said:

“Suva was unfortunate that our first goal slid past Tamanisau but I think it was our luck. I told the boys to keep possession and then focused on our counter attacks when defending.

“For me this was an average performance and we knew that if wanted to qualify for the OFC we need a win and we’ve done it.” – Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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