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38 Goals In 90 Minutes: It’s A Pacific Rim Of Football

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Pacific Games organizers say Fiji broke the record for the biggest win in international football with a 38-0 victory Sunday over the Federated States of Micronesia.

Fiji led 21-0 lead at halftime. Antonio Tuivuna scored 10 goals for Fiji, which like other teams in the event is being represented by an under-23 side.

Organizers said the result broke the 2001 record when Australia beat American Samoa 31-0 in an Oceania confederation qualifier for the 2002 World Cup, although it was not clear if the record would be recognized by FIFA because it involved an under-age tournament.

Micronesia lost its first match 30-0 to Tahiti.

The 15th Pacific Games which end July 18 had its first full day of competition Sunday. There are 24 mostly Pacific Island countries competing.

Australia and New Zealand have been invited for the first time to compete in four Olympic disciplines — taekwondo, sailing, rugby sevens and weightlifting.

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