9 Nov 2015

Sport: Tahiti beach soccer team 2nd in Dubai

2:16 pm on 9 November 2015

The Tahiti beach soccer team has been beaten in the final of the Intercontinental Cup in Dubai.

The Tiki Toa overcame Egypt 8-5 in the semi finals but were outclassed in the deciding match 5-2 against world number one Russia.

Tahiti trailed 4-0 at the end of the first period before Angelo Tchen finally got the French Polynesians on the board in the second period.

Tahiti players at the Beach Soccer World Cup.

Photo: Tahiti Football

Russia scored again before Heimanu Taiarui managed a late consolation.

It was the first defeat of the tournament for the fifth-ranked French Polynesians, who topped their group with wins against Iran, Mexico and World Cup winners Portugal.