Saturday, March 18, 2017

OFC Champions League: Group Stage Concludes

Four games were played on Saturday as group-stage play in the OFC Champions League came to a close.


Both games were played at Mangere Centre Park in Auckland, New Zealand.

In the opener, Benjamin Totori scored the winning goal in the 65th minute as Western United (Solomon Islands) defeated Lae City Dwellers (Papua New Guinea) 5-3 in the tournament finale for both squads.

In the nightcap, Ryan De Vries delivered a quadruple (7', 45', 68', 76') while Joao Moreira added a hat trick (41', 53', 59') and Micah Lea'alafa a double (31', 33') as Auckland City, which had already locked up the Group C title and a berth in the semifinal round, nuked Vanuatu's Malampa Revivors 11-0.

Final Group C Standings:

1. Auckland City (GP: 3; GD: +14; PTS: 9)
2. Western United (GP: 3; GD: +2; PTS: 6)
3. Lae City Dwellers (GP: 3; GD: -1; PTS: 3)
4. Malampa Revivors (GP: 3; GD: -15; PTS: 0)

Auckland City won Group C and advanced to the semifinal round.


Both games were contested at Pater Stadium in Pirae, Tahiti.

In the opener, Iosefo Verevou scored the winning goal in the 31st minute as Rewa from Fuji defeated Eraktor Golden Star 2-1, knocking the club from Vanuatu out of the tournament.

In the nightcap, Jonathan Tehau (23') and Michael Boso (OG-39') each scored a goal as Tahiti's AS Tefana gained a 1-1 draw with the Marist Fire to lock up the Group D title and a berth in the semifinals.  Guilherme Guedes scored twice (44', PK-90') for club from the Solomon Islands who came back from two goals down for the draw but still lost out on advancing to the semifinal round.

Final Group D Standings:

1. AS Tefana (GP: 3; GD: +4; PTS: 7)
2. Marist Fire (GP: 3; GD: +1; PTS: 4)
3. Eraktor Golden Star (GP: 3; GD: -2; PTS: 3)
4. Rewa FC (GP: 3; GD: -3; PTS; 3)

AS Tefana won Group D and advanced to the semifinal round.

The semifinal round, which is to consist of two two-game total-goals series, is set to open on April 8, with the return contests on April 15.

A draw will determine the semifinal matchups.

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