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Tahiti stun US; Egypt beat Spain
November 09, 2018
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Dubai: Tahiti clinch extra time winner against US to take third spot in Group B After losing their two opening games to their powerhouse group rivals Russia and Iran.

Both Tahiti and the US were unable to qualify for the next round. However, this match up would act as the third-place play-off for Group B.

Before the whistle, the Tahitians performed the Haka and the intimidation tactics may have worked as it took just a minute for Taiarui to strike a sweet volley past the American keeper.

But when Silveira suddenly found himself with an open goal following confusion in the Tahiti defence, the score was almost immediately level again. Until Labaste claimed his third of the tournament to retake the lead for Tahiti.

Then, two quick-fire goals from Canale put his side in control and at the first break the US were ahead. Then things got even worse for Schirinzi’s side as Canale netted his third after dispossessing the keeper.

Egypt oust Spain

Egypt snatched winner in dying seconds to knock out Spain of the tournament. Although both Egypt and Spain had lost to Brazil, who sat at the top of Group A, there was still one more place in the next round of the tournament left. There was everything to play for and sure enough, the match didn’t take long to get going.

It took a sweet strike from the Egyptian number five, Sasa, to open the scoring. But La Roja soon had a reply when Javi Torres got the game back on level terms, nodding in from close range. However, the Egyptians struck again, leading 2-1 at the first break.

They extended their lead to three goals to one after the restart but then the Spanish seemed to wake up and a flurry of goals from the Joaquin Alonso’s side saw them burst into the lead.

Javi Torres got a second to equalize once more, then Chiky made it 3-4. Two more, as well, as a fine hit from the Egyptian number two, H. Mohamed, meant that Spain had turned things around in impressive style before the second whistle, and enjoyed a two goal cushion. At the second break Spain enjoyed a 4-6 advantage.

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