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Vanuatu 2- 0 Papua New Guinea

The starting line-ups were as follows:

Vanuatu: 1. Selonie IARUEL (GK), 2. Raoul COULON, 3. Jais MALSARANI, 5. Channell OBED, 6. Jelene WAIWAI, 8. Barry MANSALE, 9. Santino MERMER, 10. Abraham ROQUARA (c), 11. Jean KALTAK, 13. Steve SAILAS, 14. Michel COULON

Papua New Guinea: 1. Charles LEPANI, 2. Ayrton YAGAS, 4. Philip STEVEN, 5. Daniel TAYLOR, 8. Samson POESI, 9. Numah KILA, 10. David BROWNE, 11. Abel REDENUT, 13. Rhodly MAGO, 14. Alwin KOMOLONG (c), 17. Jacob SABUA

The match kicks off

4′ The game has begun in even fashion with both sides seeing plenty of the ball

7′ Most of the action is taking place in the middle of the park

8′ Vanuatu’s Jean Kaltok has the first shot of the game with a free kick from just outside the box on the left but Papua New Guinea goalkeeper Charles Lepani makes a comfortable save

13′ Vanuatu carve out a chance for Santino Mermer but he drags his shot from the edge of the penalty area wide

14′ Samson Poesi sends over a free kick from the left for Papua New Guinea but it is cleared by the Vanuatu defence

18′ Papua New Guinea captain Alwin Komolong tries to get on the end of a through ball but is called back for offside

20′ Michel Coulon tries to make progress down the left for Vanuatu but he is crowded out by the Papua New Guinea defence and the ball goes out for a thrown in

23′ YELLOW CARD: Ayrton Yagas is cautioned for Papua New Guinea

24′ Kaltak is in a great position for a strike on goal from the free kick but can’t beat the Papua New Guinea wall

26′ Mermer breaks down the right for Vanuatu and cuts inside to slip a ball into the path of Kaltak but he fails to gather it

30′ The match is still very even and it looks like chances will be hard to come by

33′ Vanuatu are shading the possession though and have a shot on target when Barry Mansale hits a long-range free kick straight to goalkeeper Lepani

35′ Kaltak has the best opportunity of the game when the Papua New Guinea defence fail to deal with a long ball. It falls to Kaltak but he miss-hits his volley and it rolls wide

37′ A penalty is awarded when Lepani charges from his goal and takes out Kaltak. A penalty is awarded but there is a delay as Kaltak receives treatment for the injury sustained in the challenge and has to leave the field

41′ GOAL!!! Vanuatu 1, Papua New Guinea 0: Mermer takes the penalty and places it low to Lepani’s right

43′ Kaltak does well to get his head to a cross as he goes in search of his second goal but the ball loops high over the bar

44′ Vanuatu goalkeeper Selonie Iaruel has to leave his line to punch away a Papua New Guinea free kick

45′ One minute of injury time will be played

The first half comes to an end

The second half kicks off

49′ Kaltak hits a spectacular shot from the left hand edge of the box but it flies just past the top corner of the near post

53′ The action is following the same pattern as the first half with the teams sharing possession and most of the play taking place in the midfield

54′ Samson Poesi has Papua New Guinea’s first shot of the half when he prods a speculative long-range volley well wide

57′ David Browne sprints onto a long free kick for Papua New Guinea and hooks the ball past goalkeeper Iaruel from an acute angle but it sails behind the goal

59′ GOAL!!! Vanuatu 2, Papua New Guinea 0: Michel Coulon puts his side further in front when he latches onto a low cross from the right and smashes the ball home from the edge of the six-yard box

61′ Papua New Guinea have their work cut out for them to get back into the game now as they must score twice and are not creating many chances

63′ Steve Sailas has a header on target for Vanuatu from a corner but Lepani makes a regulation save

64′ SUBSTITUTION: Sailas is replaced by Tony Kaltak for Vanuatu

69′ SUBSTITUTION: Philip Steven is replaced by John Ray and Daniel Taylor is replaced by Jason Farock for Papua New Guinea

72′ Poesi has a good chance to get Papua New Guinea back in the game when the ball is pulled back to him near the penalty spot but it bobbles just before he hits it and he can’t get a good connection

74′ Numah Kila cuts in from the right for Papua New Guinea and bends a shot at goal but it goes straight to Iaruel

77′ SUBSTITUTION: Captain Abraham Roquara is replaced by Steve Lolten for Vanuatu

78′ SUBSTITUTION: Nunah Kila is replaced by Papalau Awele for Papua New Guinea

81′ Papua New Guinea need to start creating some chances to get back into the game but they are finding them hard to come by

85′ SUBSTITUTION: Michel Coulon is replaced by George Mahit for Vanuatu

87′ Papua New Guinea are running out of time to get anything out of this match and it will take something special to save them now

88′ Substitute Lolten has a chance to score for Vanuatu but Lepani makes a good save with his right hand

89′ Lolten is on target again but fires his shot straight at Lepani from a tight angle

90′ Three minutes of injury time will be played

The final whistle is blown