Earlier in the day, New Zealand earned a 1-0 win over Fiji with the hosts.
Papua New Guinea Vs American Samoa Summary “Click Here
The starting line-ups:
Papua New Guinea: 18. Benjamin WILBERT (GK), 3. John RAY, 4. Philip STEVEN, 5. Daniel TAYLOR, 6. Jason FAROCK, 10. David BROWNE, 11. Abel REDENUT, 12. Rodney MOBIHA, 13. Rhodly MAGO, 14. Alwin KOMOLONG (c), 17. Jacob SABUA
American Samoa: 1. Taufaiula MAVAEGA (GK), 2. Keniseli TUPUOLA, 3. Rueben LUVU, 6. Elama FAATONU, 7. Lalotoa VAEAO, 8. Panwechi KALEOPA (c), 9. Shalom LUANI, 10. Ryan PETAIA, 11. Abel FATA, 12. Kid BARTLEY, 13. Ryan PAAGA
The match kicks off.
3′ Papua New Guinea have a free-kick from 40 yards out but the ball sails out for a goal kick
5′ David Browne earns a corner for Papua New Guinea. Jason Farock takes it but the ball goes through everyone
7′ Browne looks dangerous for Papua New Guinea up front forcing another corner.
7′ Noone claims the corner and the ball falls to Daniel Taylor whose low strike goes just wide. Best chance of the game so far
12′ Two corners in succession for Papua New Guinea. Rodney Mobiha volleys the second one just over the crossbar
13′ GOAL!!! Papua New Guinea 1 American Samoa 0: David Browne collects Daniel Taylor’s cross and slots the ball home from six yards. The goal came after some nice link-up play down the right by Jason Farock and Alwin Komolong
18′ Papua New Guinea’s Jacob Sabua flashes a shot wide
19′ Another strong attack from Papua New Guinea finishing with a shot by the captain Alwin Komolong whose shot is straight to the goalkeeper
21′ SUBSTITUTION: American Samoa make an early change with Ryan Paaga making way for Mark Ieremia
22′ GOAL!!! Papua New Guinea 1 American Samoa 1: Ryan Petaia equalises from close range after a dangerous free-kick
25′ Papua New Guinea almost have a second but the American Samoa goalkeeper does well to charge outside his box and block David Browne’s shot
30′ American Samoa are struggling to keep hold of possession but are using the wind advantage well to challenge Papua New Guinea on the counter-attack
33′ Jason Farock does well to beat his marker down the right but his cross is cut out by the American Samoa defence
34′ Papua New Guinea’s Rodney Mobiha struggles to get power into his shot from the edge of the box and it’s an easy save for Taufaiula Mavaega
35′ The American Samoa goalkeeper makes another fine save, this time after a close-range shot by Daniel Taylor
36′ American Samoa are awarded a penalty after Papua New Guinea goalkeeper Benjamin Wilbert collides with Ryan Petaia
38′ YELLOW CARD: The referee cautions Wilbert for the dangerous challenge
39′ PENALTY: Shalom Luani smashes the penalty kick into the crossbar and Papua New Guinea clear the ball
42′ Papua New Guinea are awarded a free-kick in a dangerous position just outside the box
43′ David Browne takes the free-kick but puts in over the bar
44′ Papua New Guinea should have a second after Rodney Mobiha puts a ball in from the right only for Daniel Taylor to sky the ball over the crossbar at the back post with an open goal in front of him
45+1′ Ryan Petaia has a golden opportunity to grab a double but can’t finish off his one-on-one chance in the dying moments of the half
The referee blows the whistle for half-time.
The second half kicks off.
47′ Papua New Guinea’s David Browne and Alwin Komolong have shots in quick succession but both fail to keep the ball down. The Papua New Guineans play with a strong wind behind them in this half
52′ Elama Faatonu almost gets a ball over the top for Ryan Petaia but the Papua New Guinea defender does well to clear the danger
57′ Papua New Guinea have a corner but Alwin Komolong sends it straight out for a goal kick
60′ Daniel Taylor puts in a nice cross from the left which American Samoa defender Lalotoa Vaeao can only head out for a corner
60′ Papua New Guinea take the corner the ball is cleared
61′ SUBSTITUTION: Daniel Taylor is replaced by Papalau Awele for Papua New Guinea
63′ Rodney Mobiha sees his shot kicked out for a corner by the American Samoa goalkeeper
67′ GOAL!!! Papua New Guinea 2 American Samoa 1: The captain Alwin Komolong snatches onto a ball spilled by goalkeeper Taufaiula Mavaega and finishes from close range
68′ SUBSTITUTION: Jason Farock is replaced by Samson Poesi for Papua New Guina
71′ SUBSTITUTION: Abel Fata is replaced by Palauni Tapusoa for American Samoa
74′ Rodney Mobiha wastes and opportunity at the back post by smashing the ball high over the bar. Nice play from Browne and Komolong in the build-up
82′ SUBSTITUTION: Rodney Mobiha is replaced by Billy Edwards for Papua New Guinea
84′ SUBSTITUTION: Mark Ieremia is replaced by Franky Luvu for American Samoa
86′ American Samoa head the ball off the line from a Papua New Guinea corner
89′ Papua New Guinea’s David Browne see his shot hit the crossbar
The referee brings the match to an end.