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Sunday, November 05, 2006

Solomon Bilikiki keep a slim hope of making the Quarter finals despite loss to Uruguay

The Solomon Islands Bilikiki side to the current FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup is maintaining a positive mindset towards making the Quarter finals cut, after going down to the mighty Uruguayans this morning in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Uruguay which is the second best beach soccer team in South America fought back from an opening day defeat over Portugal to record an emphatic 10-5 victory over the Solomon Islands. Another victory over Cameroon in their last group match will see Uruguay through to the last eight.

Solomon Islands which also beat Cameroon 5-2 in the first game needs to pull a surprise win against the mights of Portugal, which is possible in sports. It is understood that the Bilikiki side have a very slim chance of making it to the last eight as Portugal is the strongest and most experienced team in their pool. Despite that Bilikiki coach Eddie Omokirio expressed his team's positive outlook by saying that "they are not out of it yet. Everything is possible in sport and we can beat Portugal."

During the game, Uruguay came out all guns blazing, putting Solomon Islands' keeper Fred Hale under immediate pressure. He was soon picking the ball out of the net too, after a close-range effort from Coco. The game was more even thereafter, and it was not until six seconds before the end of the first period that Miguel Aguirre doubled the Uruguay's lead.

Uruguay gradually built on that advantage in the second period. Henry Koto and Sylvester Rogy each bagged a goal for Solomon Bilikiki, but as the match went into the final twelve minutes the score was already 6-2.

Things were not to get any easier for the Bilikiki Boys. Defending deep, they only invited the South Americans onto them and despite another three consolation goals, Eddie Omokirio's men let in another four and found themselves on the end of a 10-5 scoreline by the end.

"Our positioning was sometimes at fault and we found it hard to defend some of the Uruguayan moves," said Omokirio.

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