Verevou Scores Twice, Red Card Costly for Fiji

Fiji Sun - - Sports - By Avikash Chand Edited by Osea Bola Feed­back: os­eab@fi­

It’s our fifth day and was our match two day here in Brazil. The boys have set­tled well and ad­justed to the weather here. We took a 20-minute drive from our camp to the venue of Parana Clube where we played our sec­ond match on our Brazil tour. Ev­ery­one was ex­cited to face the third place cham­pi­ons of Brazil League Club in Se­ries B. The Voda­fone Fi­jian U23 play­ers were all set to face the Brazil­ians.

It was to­tally a changed side from the first game which they lost 4-0 as they kept pos­ses­sion and played as a team and evenly matched the Brazil­ians in all as­pects.

Few mis­takes in the first quar­ter saw the Brazil­ians up by 1-0 and in the 30th minute ex­tended their lead. The Fi­jians kept their fir­ing spirit and scored two goals in two min­utes. 2015 Fiji Sports­man of the Year Iosefo Verevou scored twice in two min­utes af­ter Setareki Huges pres­sured the Brazil­ians and Verevou was on tar­get.

Half­time: Fiji 2-2 Parana Clube In the 57th minute Jale Dreloa was sent off for a dan­ger­ous tackle. The Frank Fa­rina coached side were left with 10 men and the Brazil­ians took ad­van­tage and scored two more goals.

Full­time: Fiji 2-4 Parana Clube Fa­rina was very pleased with the per­for­mance of the boys. “I’m very happy that the boys played gal­lantly but few silly mis­takes proved costly for us. “This why we are here and play­ing against qual­ity op­po­nents is the best way to learn, “said Fa­rina.

Fa­rina is op­ti­mistic the play­ers are learn­ing a lot and showed vast im­prove­ment in their match com­pared to the first match. “This was a tougher match as we see these play­ers are pro­fes­sion­als and the way our play­ers played showed they are learn­ing.” Our next match is on Wed­nes­day.

Moce Viti.

Photo: Avikash Chand

The Voda­fone Fi­jian U23 footbal team in Brazil.

Photo: Avikash Chand

Ac­tion from the Voda­fone Fi­jian U23- Parana Clube match yes­ter­day.

Photo: Avikash Chand

Ac­tion from the Voda­fone Fi­jian U23- Parana Clube match yes­ter­day.

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