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Farina Praises Fiji U20 Players

Farina says it was most probably unexpected by a lot of people that we would have this opportunity going into the last game. #“We’ve most probably overachieved. #“I truly believed that the team who scored first would go on.#“I’m disappointed with the manner that the [first] goal was conceded but we really proud of how the boys have performed and held themselves. #“They are very disappointed, but I told them that that’s a good thing, being disappointed at not going further. #Farina added that the players showed not only everyone else but themselves that given an opportunity they can compete. #“To have a chance of going through at the last game was a dream, but unfortunately the dream didn’t come true.#Uzbekistan had most of the possession in the first half but Fiji’s defence was too strong.#Saula Waqa had the opportunity to put Fiji in the lead after a through pass from Setareki Hughes which Waqa could not capitalize.#Uzbekistan kept applying pressure but goalkeeper Misiwani Nairube’s good saves kept the scores locked nil all.#The second half was the same story as Uzbekistan held much of the possession and kept applying pressure.#They finally broke the deadlock in the 62nd minute of the match with Eldor Shomurodov.#A minute later Uzbekistan increased their lead with Zabikhillo Urinboev scoring.#With a few seconds remaining for the final whistle, Uzbekistan sealed the victory with another goal.#A draw or a win would have taken the historic Fiji U20 side to the Round of 16 play off after they defeated Honduras 3-0 in their second match creating history to be the first Oceania team to win at any World Cup.#Fiji FA Media#

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