Samoa's Oceania Champs loss one for the record books
Samoa has been thrashed by New Zealand in their opening match of the Oceania Football Confederation (O.F.C.) U19 Women’s Championship in a drubbing that ranks among some of soccer's most comprehensive ever defeats.
The Samoan team lost, 30-0, in the Cook Islands on Sunday (Samoan time).
New Zealand took the lead with just a few seconds on the clock courtesy of Kelli Brown, who scored a further 10 goals while six other players got on the scoresheet.
Samoa didn’t help their own cause with a lack of discipline which resulted in a red card to Paepae Tuitama when the scores were 9-0 in the 42nd minute.
Despite the hugely disappointing outcome, Coach Lanuola Mulipola insists her players have nothing to feel ashamed about.
"I’m still proud of my girls. I know New Zealand is a really tough team but throughout the game my girls didn’t stop,” she said.
“They were working together as a team and getting used to each other and kept working as a team.
“We have to keep positive, it’s very important for the next game and also for our last game we have here,” the Samoa coach insisted.
New Zealand look a safe bet to win their seventh consecutive OFC crown, and a spot in next year’s FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.
Meanwhile Samoa can still qualify for the semifinals with wins over American Samoa on Wednesday and Tahiti on Friday (both Samoan time).
NEW ZEALAND 30 (Kelli BROWN 1',10', 12', 16', 49', 58', 61', 71', 85', 86', 90', Rene WASI 18', 45', 70', Gabi RENNIE 22', 36', 38', Maggie JENKINS 37', 43', 53', 68', 80', Grace WISNEWSKI 56', Amelia ABBOTT 65', 82', Arabella MAYNARD 74', 76', 78', 88', 90+1 )
Worst defeats in football history
- 1971 South Pacific Games: Tahiti 30-0 Cook Islands
- 2015 Pacific Games: FS Micronesia 0-30 Tahiti
- 2001 FIFA World Cup Qualifier: Australia 31-0 American Samoa
- 1885 Scottish Cup: Dundee Harp 35-0 Aberdeen Rovers
- 1885 Scottish Cup: Arbroath 36-0 Bon Accord
- 2015 Pacific Games: FS Micronesia 0-38 Fiji
- 2015 Pacific Games: Vanuatu 46-0 FS Micronesia
- 2002 Madagascar Champions League: AS Adema 149-0 SO l’Emyrne