19 Mar 2012

OFC Men's Olympic Qualifier three semi-final spots confirmed

7:21 am on 19 March 2012

Fiji, Papua New Guinea, and Vanuatu secured semi-final spots on an absorbing second day of action at the Oceania football Men's Olympic Qualifier in Taupo yesterday.

Each of the day's three results proved significant to the overall picture of the tournament as Papua New Guinea defeated Tonga 3-nil, Fiji swept aside American Samoa 7-1 and Vanuatu edged out Solomon Islands 1-nil.

Fiji and Vanuatu both have six points and will battle it out on Tuesday for top spot in Group A.

Meanwhile in Group B, New Zealand need a win or a draw to advance while their day three opponents Tonga could knock out New Zealand and join Papua New Guinea in the final four if they win by at least two goals.

Vanuatu coach Richard Iwai will now lead his troops into a key clash against Fiji on Tuesday, the winner of which will finish top of the group and thus potentially avoid facing favourites New Zealand in the semi-finals.