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Totori penalty sees off Chinese Taipei


Taipei: A first-half Benjamin Totori penalty spurred Solomon Islands to a 1-0 win over Chinese Taipei in an international friendly at the Taipei Municipal Stadium on Sunday.

The last time the two sides met was in 1999 in Honiara, in a match that ended in a 2-2 draw.

Chinese Taipei, who boasted an attacking line-up of Li Mao, Chen Hao-wei and Onur Dogan, raced off the blocks at the start of the game.

Solomon Islands suffered a scare in the 15th minute, when against the run of play, Dogan made a defence splitting run to fire a low drive to the back of the net but Chinese Taipei’s celebration was short-lived as the goal was ruled offside.

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Solomon Islands got their break when they earned a penalty after Wang Ruei brought down Joses Nawo in the danger area.

Totori made no mistake from the spot in the 41st minute as Solomon Islands took a 1-0 lead into the break.

 

 

Chinese Taipei, who drew 0-0 against Myanmar in Mandalay last week, came close to scoring on numerous occasions in the second half but failed to convert their chances as Solomon Islands walked away with the win.

Chinese Taipei head coach Louis Lancaster said: “It was a closely contested game, and was very positive for our players. We created many chances, but could not convert them.”

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