August 11, 2016 11:31 am

Fiji men’s football team thrashed to Germany 10-0 in final pool match

The Fiji Men’s Football team were thrashed to Germany 10-0 in their final pool match of the Rio Olympics Men’s football competition this morning. Fiji earlier lost to South Korea 8-0 and Mexico 5-1. Captain Roy Krishna scored Fiji’s only goal in the competition. Meanwhile, Korea finished on top of the group while Germany finished […]

The Fiji Men’s Football team were thrashed to Germany 10-0 in their final pool match of the Rio Olympics Men’s football competition this morning.

Germany's Maximilian Meyer and Niklas Suele after the match. (Pedro Vilela/Getty Images)
Germany’s Maximilian Meyer and Niklas Suele after the match. (Pedro Vilela/Getty Images)

Fiji earlier lost to South Korea 8-0 and Mexico 5-1.

Captain Roy Krishna scored Fiji’s only goal in the competition.

Meanwhile, Korea finished on top of the group while Germany finished second and Mexico on third while Fiji finished last.

Fiji men’s football team loses 5-1 to Mexico in Rio

AUGUST 8, 2016 8:11am | Luke Nacei

The Fiji Men’s Football team lost their second pool match to Mexico 5-1 this morning.

Iosefo Verevou in action during their match against Mexico. (Getty Images)
Iosefo Verevou in action during their match against Mexico. (Getty Images)

Fiji left a memorable mark in the game when they took the lead through Roy Krishna after only ten minutes. It was a remarkable way to start the game for a side that nobody had given a chance to at the start of the game.

The side led 1-0 at half time.

Mexico scored their first goal in the 56th minute.

Four second-half goals from Erick Gutierrez helped Mexico beat Fiji 5-1 in group C at the Fonte Nova Arena.

The defending Olympic champions have now seized control of Group C with Germany still to play.

Fiji’s last pool game will be against Germany at 7am on Thursday.

Fiji thrashed 8-0 by Korea in Rio soccer opener

AUGUST 5, 2016 12:55pm | Luke Nacei

The Fiji national men’s football side was thrashed 8-0 by South Korea in their first pool game at the Rio Olympics a short while ago.

Iosefo Verevou of Fiji compete for the ball with Kyubaek Choi of Korea Republic (FIFA)
Iosefo Verevou competes for the ball with Kyubaek Choi of Korea Republic. (FIFA).

The team fought valiantly against current Olympic bronze medalist holders South Korea.

Despite going down 8-nil, Team Fiji Football led by Roy Krishna continued to fight until the final whistle in what was their first ever taste of Olympic Football.

Goal Keeper Simione Tamanisau played a great game in the first half but the experience and continuous pressure from the South Korea forwards saw them slip eight goals past the police officer.

Fiji’s defenders worked overtime in the first half and managed to keep South Korea to a single point.

Several brilliant saves and a missed shot from South Korea in the penalty box saw Team Fiji football hanging on.

Team captain Roy Krishna missed one of Fiji’s rare chances with a shot that rolled wide of the box.

Fiji who is ranked 187 played South Korea which is ranked 48th in the world and will play defending Olympic champions Mexico who are ranked 14th and 4th ranked Germany.

Team Fiji Football qualified for the Olympic football tournament for the first time after winning the OFC Olympic qualifying tournament in 2015 in Papua New Guinea.

Fiji takes on defending Olympic gold medalist Mexico on Monday at 4pm.

In other matches, Germany and Mexico drew 2-all this morning. Iraq and Denmark also drew nil-all while Honduras beat Algeria 3-2. Hosts, Brazil and South Africa drew nil-all, Portugal beat Argentina 2-nil.