Solomon Islands will play New Zealand All Whites in the final on Thursday morning. The Kiwis booked their place against Solomons after they labored to a 1-0 against Tahiti this morning.
The Bonitos put on an impressive show against PNG with a 3-2 victory. PNG lost to New Zealand by a single goal in the pool stage whilst Solomons beat Tahiti 3-1.
New Zealand’s Liberato Cacace took matters into his own hands in the second half, driving inside from left-wing-back to smash home what proved to be the winner after Garbett flicked on substitute Alex Greive’s return pass. OFC media reported that long-range efforts from Tauhiti Keck and Dylan Paama gave Tahiti hope but New Zealand held on through five minutes of stoppage time to book their place against Solomon Islands in the final, a repeat of the OFC’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification final, after they beat Papua New Guinea 3-2 earlier today.
Solomon Islands overcame PNG wantoks with two goals from Alvin Hou and a left footer finishing by young sensational finisher Raphael Lea’i.
PNG fought back with their second goal in the 88th minute but Solo held on to a sweet victory.
The winner of Solomon Islands and New Zealand will face the fourth-place finisher in Concacaf (North America, Central America, Caribbean), also in Qatar, in June.