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Vanuatu needs to fix goal-scoring problem to win Van2017 Gold

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On Saturday Vanuatu put out a dominant display, outclassing Fiji, but failed to deliver the end result.

Vanuatu men’s team, vying for a first ever Gold Medal in the Pacific Mini Games, hit a turn when they were forced to settle for a draw against a defensive Fijian team.

Fiji got to the score sheet in the first half thanks to a very productive counter attack which resulted in jersey number 10, Lautoka FC forward Christopher Wasasala, scoring in the first half.

Vanuatu had plenty on the plate handed to them, but never got the time and chance to put in the net.

It took Vanuatu 72 minutes to get the equalizer after Fiji keeper Simeone Tamanisau’s error in the box costed Fiji a win – Azariah Soromon neatly tucked the ball in the net.

From the defense department right up to the midfield department, Vanuatu looked like a well oiled engine, but for the forward department Vanuatu seemed to be in a rut throughout the entire match with Fiji.

Whenever the ball gets up to the midfield or wing, scoring it in the net seems to be a hard work.

No attacking strategy in place, and Vanuatu needs to work on the matter before meeting Solomon Islands, if they want to win a Gold Medal this week.