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Tahiti's Tiki Toa make history
September 27th, 2013 12:10AM

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[BEACH SOCCER WORLD CUP] Host Tahiti stunned Argentina, 6-1, to a delight of 4,200 fans at To’ata Stadium and moved into Friday's semifinals at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup. In the process, the Tiki Toa became the first Pacific Islands team to reach to the semifinals of a FIFA tournament.

Tahiti broke open a 1-1 tie with five goals in the third and final period to move into the semifinals against Russia, which came from behind to beat Iran, 4-3.

The first goal was scored by 36-year-old captain captain Naea Bennett, who used to play for the senior national team.

If Tahiti wins on Friday, it will create a problem as the final is on Sunday. Bennett, the son of former Tahitian international Errol Bennett, who is now a leader in the local Mormon church, doesn't play on Sundays due to his religious beliefs.

He's missed a Oceania club championship and beach soccer final in the past because they were played on Sundays.

Friday's other semifinal is more in line with the kind of matchup you'd expect to see late in a FIFA tournament: Brazil-Spain.


1 comment
  1. Andres Yturralde
    commented on: September 27, 2013 at 10:17 a.m.
    Oh, wow. Big surprise. Huge surprise.


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