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Fiji lose opener

Alvin Singh captained side played gallantly in the first half and held the host to a scoreless draw with goalkeeper Simione Tamanisau making sub daring saves.
In the second half Fiji players lost concentration and fatigue and tiredness cost them as the Brazilians’ found the net in the 49, 54, 75 and 80 minute.
Coach Frank Farina said it has been a good learning experience for the boys as they tasted Brazilian style of football.
“First half we defended very well in terms of our structure and our play but second half fell away a little bit that was due to fatigue, tiredness and we seeing different level of football here.
“The Brazilians played very good possession and we were under pressure and we had to defend in lot of the game and that takes a lot out of you and as well we didn’t keep possession as good as I would have like to.
Farina said our biggest downfall was giving away possessions very quickly.
“If you give away possession to this sort of players surely they will hurt you and that what happened in the second spell.
“It’s a great lesson for these boys, they are playing in different level and will learn a lot.
Farina said the result doesn’t matter as the players are here to learn and get more experience and exposure playing here as they have done in Spain.
Fiji plays their second match against Parana Clube at 10 am (Brazil Time) on Sunday.
Fiji Team
Goalkeeper: Simione Tamanisau, defenders Alvin Singh, Jale Dreloa,Manasa Nawakula,Filipe Baravilala.
Midfield: Samuela Kautoga, Ratu Tevita Warainivalu,Nickel Chand. Strikers: Samuela Nabenia, Rusiate Materenga and Napolioni Qasevakatini.

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