Fiji spreads its wings in 8-0 win over hosts
The result perhaps did not reflect fairly on the determination of the hosts who were intent on making Fiji work hard for every possession. But the enterprise they showed left them open on defence and the skilful Fijians were able to capitalise with early goals to Osea Vakatalesau and Justin Wilson.
American Samoa tightened up their formation for the middle period of the first half but the superior organisation of the Fijians were able to rally just before half-time to score two further goals through Maciu Dunadamu and replacement Johnny Rao.
Those goals effectively took the air out of the hosts resolve and the Fijians were able to add further goals to inflate the score to 8-0. Vakatalesau grabbed two more goals to gain his hat-trick with Aeron Singh also getting his name on the scoresheet.
At 7-0 disaster struck as replacement American Samoa player, Albert Nauer, deflected the ball back into his own goal to send the Fijians into celebration. Fiji officially finishes second in Group A behind New Caledonia but could advance to the final playoff pending a decision on New Caledonia's status.
New Caledonia won Group A notching up its fourth consecutive victory by beating Samoa in a hard fought match 2-0, following the American Samoa vs Fiji match at Tafuna Veteran's Memorial Stadium in American Samoa.
Last Modified on 22/02/2003 16:38