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Second half performance costs Fiji

Farina, who made seven changes to the side that lost 4-2 to Parana Clube on Monday, was encouraged by his team’s first half performance.#However, within just eight minutes after the restart the Fijians conceded twice to seal their fate.#Farina couldn’t hide his disappointment with the way the second half unfolded.#“Following a very pleasing first half we took a step back,” he lamented.#“We lost concentration, particularly in defence with two or three of the boys falling asleep in the back at a bad time.#“When we went a goal down we lost a little bit of confidence as well and the second goal came through another mistake.”#Farina admits the changes he made may have impacted on the team’s performance but the coach insists that should not be the case.#“Maybe those seven changes caused a bit of confusion but it shouldn’t have because they all know the structure, they all know what their jobs and roles are.”#Despite their third defeat of the tour Farina is happy with his team’s preparations for the Rio Games in August.#“It is a very valuable exercise. Unfortunately with all the happenings back in Fiji they didn’t play a lot of football before they left.”#“They need as much quality match practise as possible and it is a different level of football here.#“The technical standard is higher than what they are used to back home.”#Farina says the tour also provides him with all the necessary information he needs before finalising his squad.#“It’s good because I’m learning about the players and I’m finding out whether they are going to be capable at this level.#“It’s a good indicator for me as to who is going to be part of this squad to go to the Olympics and who isn’t.#The Fiji U-23 side will complete their four-match tour of Brazil against Atletico before heading back home on Sunday.#Farina says it’s the last chance for some of his players to make an impression.#“This is their opportunity and I’m looking for a big improvement to finish on a high note.

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