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Tahiti beats Samoa 10-1 in WCup qualifying

Associated Press Modified: June 1, 2012 at 1:15 am •  Published: June 1, 2012
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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (AP) — Lorenzo Tehau scored four goals, including three in a three-minute span in the second half, as Tahiti thrashed Samoa 10-1 in the opening match of the Oceania Nations Cup football tournament Friday.

Bertrand Kai scored a hat trick as New Caledonia beat Vanuatu 5-2 in the second match of the opening day.

Four members of the Tehau family shared nine goals as Tahiti made an emphatic start to the eight-nation tournament, which also serves as the second round of Oceania qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.

Lorenzo's twin brother Alvin scored twice, as did older brother Jonathan. Teoanui Tehau replaced Alvin in the 53rd minute and took only a minute to add his name to the scoresheet.

Lorenzo Tehau scored Tahiti's first goal in the eighth minute, then added their eighth, ninth and 10th in the 83rd, 84th and 85th minutes.

Kai scored in the 32nd and 58th minutes for New Caledonia, but Vanuatu twice equalized through Robert Tasso and Jean Nako Naprapol.

Georges Gope-Fenepej gave New Caledonia a 3-2 lead in the 66th minute and Kai grabbed his third goal in the 76th before Roy Kayara completed the scoring.

Tournament favorite and 2010 World Cup finalist New Zealand open their campaign against Fiji on Saturday.