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Samoa wins 9-0 against American Samoa.

This game also marked the first time that an international football match involving a national team from Samoa was played since the 2007 South Pacific Games.
Samoa got off to a great start as Fereti Gosche put his side ahead with a well-worked free kick after only 7 minutes. Despite the early setback the visitors fought back hard and created several good scoring opportunities on the counter attack. It was not until the 40th minute that Gosche then doubled Samoa’s advantage with Lionel Taylor adding a third goal on the stroke of half time.
At the beginning of the second half Gosche slotted his third goal of the match and Samoa found themselves 4-0 up. It was almost all one-way traffic from than on as the home side than added 5 more goals to come away with a convincing 9-0 win.
Despite the loss American Samoa coach Ruben Luvu was pleased that his side were given the opportunity to play in Samoa. “It was a very good game today. We wanted to have good run and give the boys a chance to play in a different environment and against different players. We had a lot of mistakes, but we will try and work on it.
Samoa Coach Tunoa Lui also used the opportunity to thank American Samoa for coming and playing here in Samoa; “I want to thank American Samoa for coming and for giving us the opportunity play a game as part of our preparation for the Pacific Games.
On the team performance Lui added; “With the game to be honest I was not 100% pleased. I gave the boys specific game plan instruction but some of the time when they played it was not according to the plan. But overall it’s good to win, but there is still a lot of work to do.
The game was part of American Samoa preparations for the U-20 Oceania Football Confederation Championships, which kick off this week in New Zealand. The winner of this tournament will than have to opportunity to represent the Oceania region at the FIFA U-20 World cup in Colombia later this year.