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Fiji U19 wins opener, plays Melbourne Victory today

The Vodafone Fiji U19 Football team started its Melbourne Tour with a win.

Coming with a mission leading up to the World Cup qualifiers in Tahiti next month, Fiji put up a fighting spirit as they came from 2 goals deficit to beat the host team VMSA 3-2 in the first match of the tour last Sunday.

Failing to settle in the first half under 10 degrees temperature in Melbourne, the team conceded two goals in the first half before Iliesa Rakuka pulling one back, Savenaca Baledrokadroka equalized with a classy finish followed by Tito Vodowaqa’s header in the 90th minute to wrap their first match.

Head coach Bal Sanju Reddy commended the boys for their fighting spirit and braving the winter conditions.

He said results of this tour is not of a concern while getting the international exposure building up to the OFC playoffs is the main purpose.

“We had to rest some of our key players as we needed to give them recovery after long travels on Saturday.

“Seeing the fighting spirit of the players, I think the boys are getting their focus right with the playoffs coming after two weeks. We will ensure that every player gets game time.

“We will be playing three more matches during this tour and all games lined up are quite tough,” he said.

Fiji U19 plays Melbourne Victory in their next match later tonight.

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