Unrecognizable Ba defeated by Lupe o le Soaga in historic result

Do not let the final score trick you, Ba had an awful performance. Lupe o le Soaga took advantage of a ridiculous Ba in the first half to score four goals. The Men in Black tried to recover in second half but it was not enough to tie the match as they were just an amount of players inside a football pitch. The final score is historic for Lupe and shameful for Ba.

Lupe o le Soaga humiliated Ba in the first half. The Samoans took advantage of Ba’s apathy to score four goals in 45 minutes. Jamie Mason headed to the net in the 11th minute after a cross from the left wing to open the scoreboard. This goal destabilized Ba that got completely lost in the pitch while Lupe started to have lots of opportunities.

Tom Mosquera extended Lupe’s lead in the 29th minute and Vaa Taualai put Ba in trouble by scoring the third after receiving the ball inside the box in the 38th minute. The Samoans still had time to score another goal when defender Ritchievoy Ueligitone had a successful finish that found the net.

The first half’s result was a shame for Ba and showed that something strange could be happening there as they were being thrashed even having a better squad. The 4-0 score in the halfitme was a shock and caused hysteria in the social media.

Samoan players celebrating one of their four goals in the first half. Source: Christophe Photozz

Things have changed in the second half as the Fijian side put a lot of unorganized pressure on Lupe’s defense. The Men in Black seemed just eleven boys running with a ball while the Samoans tried to hold their advantage. The apathy was replaced by willpower.

Despite the disorganization, Ba managed to score three goals in four minutes (Malakai Tiwa at 73, Saula Waqa at 74 and Samuela Drudru at 76) during the second half to come back to the game. They had some other opportunities to score and tie the match but they did not manage to put the ball into the net but it was not enough and the justice was made: Ba have never deserved to win this match.

The 4-3 win is historic for Lupe as it was the first time of OFC Champions League’s history that a Samoan side score four goals in a Group Stage clash (which does not include Preliminary Round games). It surely satisfies the Samoans as they have already completed their mission as head coach Paul Ualesi told Oceania Football Center that Lupe’s goal was to win one match in the group stage.

Ba will face AS Vénus in the last matchday while Lupe o le Soaga will fight against Auckland City. Both matches will be played on March 7th.

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