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New Caledonia secures draw in friendly with Estonia

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New Caledonia prevented Estonia from taking home a clean sweep of wins from their Oceania tour after holding the European side to a 1-1 draw at Stade Numa Daly.

Coach Thierry Sardo put together a mixed squad of experience and newbies for the international friendly, with the side showing great spirit and cohesiveness despite not having their France-based players join them, OFC reports.

“There are a few new players coming in, but it’s within the continuation of an established project of three years,” Sardo said.

Among those making their debut were Tiga Sport’s Emile Ounei who made an impressive debut up front for Les Cagous.

After falling behind in the 54th minute when Henri Anier finished off a team effort for Estonia, it was Ounei who brought the two sides back in line ten minutes later with a great solo strike that had the Estonia keeper well beaten.

Estonia beat Fiji 2-0 in their opening match of the tour before going on to a 1-0 win over Vanuatu. New Caledonia’s 1-1 draw was the best result for an Oceania side against the European visitors and they were the only nation Estonia conceded a goal to.

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