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Fiji Hammered the Federated States of Micronesia 38-0

PORT MORESBY - Fiji hammered the Federated States of Micronesia 38-0 here today in the Pacific Games football competition, surpassing the biggest international win on record.

Forwards Tony Tuivuna and Chris Wasasala scored 10 goals each at the Bisini Sports Grounds, while Iosefo Verevou and Napalioni Qasevakatini both notched six, as Fiji eclipsed Australia’s 31-0 victory against American Samoa from 2001.

A place in the history books is not guaranteed however as FIFA may not recognise what was an under-23 match.

Micronesia, who lost their opening Pool A match to Tahiti 30-0 on Friday (July 3), were 21-0 down at half-time.

Coach Stan Foster substituted the side’s goalkeeper Walter Pengelbew for midfielder Dominic Gadad during the break, after which a further 17 goals were conceded.

“We expected this sort of game,” said Foster, who is from Australia.

“We’re here for development purposes mainly and I’m just trying to keep the guys upbeat.

“I just wanted the guys to keep fighting all the way through the game so they knew that when they came off they tried their hardest.”

Gadad, 20, admitted the match had been “difficult”, saying: “Their players have experience and skills, but we will keep training and training.

“We will come back to the next Pacific Games and win.”

Tahiti overcame Vanuatu 2-1 in the other Pool A match, while in Pool B, New Zealand narrowly beat hosts Papua New Guinea 1-0 to clinch their second straight win, with New Caledonia securing victory by the same margin against the Solomon Islands.

Micronesia will attempt to restore some pride when they face Vanuatu in their final Pool match on Tuesday (July 7), while Fiji take on Tahiti next. [InsideTheGames]

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