2019 OFC Champions League [R]

Discussion in 'Oceania' started by EvanJ, Feb 2, 2019.

  1. EvanJ

    EvanJ Member+

    Manchester United
    United States
    Mar 30, 2004
    Nassau County, NY
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    https://www.fifa.com/news/the-week-in-numbers-x5831 says:

    "4 is how many goals the Falepapalangi family contributed for Tonga club Lotoha'apai United in their OFC Champions League encounter against American Samoa's Pago Youth. Tonga U-20 international Tuia scored a hat-trick, but a second-half goal from his father Pua made the feat truly exceptional."

    In the qualifying group of 4, every club beat every club below them. Lotoha'apai United had 1 win and 2 losses to finish third, when 2 clubs advanced. American Samoa, Cook Islands, Samoa, and Tonga were labeled "developing" and got 1 club in the Qualifying Round. The other 7 countries got 2 clubs in the Group Stage, which begins on 10 February. The Wikipedia pages for World Cup 2014 Qualifying and World Cup 2018 qualifying said American Samoa, Cook Islands, Samoa, and Tonga started before the other teams "based on FIFA World Ranking and sporting reasons." "Sporting reasons" is vague, and this is the first time I've seen Wikipedia use the terms "developed" and "developing" for OFC.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2019_OFC_Champions_League says the groups are:

    A: Hienghene Sport (New Caledonia), Toti City (Papua New Guinea), Tefana (Tahiti), and Malampa Revivors (Vanuatu)

    B: Lautoka (Fiji), Central Sport (Tahiti), Henderson Eels (Solomon Islands), and Morobe Wawens (Papua New Guinea)

    C: Erakor Golden Star (Vanuatu), Team Wellington (New Zealand), Ba (Fiji), and Kiwi (Samoa)

    D: Solomon Warriors (Solomon Islands), Auckland City (New Zealand), Magenta (New Caledonia), and Tupapa Maraerenga (Cook Islands)

    Each group will be single round-robin hosted by the club listed first. The top 2 in each group advance to the Quarterfinals. The Quarterfinals and Semifinals will have two legs. The Final will be one game on 12 May.
     
  2. dinamo_zagreb

    dinamo_zagreb Member+

    Jun 27, 2010
    San Jose, CA / Zagreb, Croatia
    Club:
    --other--
    Nat'l Team:
    Croatia
    I can't believe that one can lose 9-1 in win or go home game. Those teams should be on about same level (both are champs of their top national divisions), not to look like there are 3-4 league levels between them. :D
     
  3. EvanJ

    EvanJ Member+

    Manchester United
    United States
    Mar 30, 2004
    Nassau County, NY
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Kiwi beat Lotohaʻapai United 9-1, and Kiwi beat Pago Youth 4-3. Against Kiwi, Pago Youth did 7 goal differential better than Lotohaʻapai United. When those two played, Lotohaʻapai won 5-1.

    In World Cup 2002 qualifying, Australia beat American Samoa 31-0. In another game in the same group, Fiji beat Tonga 8-1. Even games between minnows can be blowouts.
     
  4. EvanJ

    EvanJ Member+

    Manchester United
    United States
    Mar 30, 2004
    Nassau County, NY
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    https://www.fifa.com/news/pacific-contenders-line-up-seeking-to-break-nz-hegemony is titled "Pacific contenders line up seeking to break NZ hegemony."

    Groups A played Matchday 1 on 10 February and will play on 13 and 16 February. The results were:

    Group A: Toti City 3-3 Tefana, Malapma Revivore 0-5 Hienghene Sport

    Group B: Central Sport 3-2 Henderson Eels, Morobe Wawens 0-5 Lautoka

    Group C plays on 23 and 26 February and 1 March. Group D playes on 24 and 27 February and 2 March.
     
  5. dinamo_zagreb

    dinamo_zagreb Member+

    Jun 27, 2010
    San Jose, CA / Zagreb, Croatia
    Club:
    --other--
    Nat'l Team:
    Croatia
    Sweet Jesus, this Papuan team had 0-0 until 60 minute mark against Henderson Eels but at the end they lost 0-7. Likely the worst appearance ever from a top 7 countries representative. Henderson Eels had 4-1 in second matchday, then they allowed four goals to enter 90th minute with 4-5 and at the end they won 6-5. Crazy competition!

    Hienghene (New Caledonia) and Toti City (Papua New Guinea) qualified from group A, and Central Sport (Tahiti) and Henderson Eels (Solomon Islands) qualified from group B.
     

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