Football JIOI 2019: The Reunion football team wins 4-0 against...

JIOI 2019: The Reunion football team wins 4-0 against the Maldives


The kickoff of the football match between Reunion Island in the Maldives was given at midday on Thursday, July 18th. It was also the start of the 10th Indian Ocean Islands Games in Mauritius, although the official opening ceremony will take place tomorrow, Friday, July 19th.

It is in front of relatively sparse bleachers that the meeting began at noon. It had been said, however, that all the places had been sold. All games are supposed to be sold out.

JIOI 2019: atmosphere in the stands for the 1st football match of these 10th Games of the Islands, Reunion – Maldives

It is with the firm intention of retaining their title of champion that the Reunion Islanders have approached this first game of the Games. The champions of the previous edition of the Games of the Islands, which took place in Reunion Island in 2015, hope, in the end, to win against the Mauritians, historical favorites of the discipline.

© Lise Hourdel (Meeting 1st)

© Lise Hourdel (Meeting 1st)

Despite a first attempt by the Reunion striker Jean-Michel Fontaine, it was not until the 30th minute that the selection of Reunion scored his first goal. A goal scored by Anjy Vardapin, followed in the wake of a second goal by Jean-Michel Fontaine, served by Akbar Assoumani.

JIOI 2019: First goal of the Reunion football team against the Maldives in the 30th minute

JIOI 2019: second goal of the Reunion football team against the Maldives

For their part, the Maldivians are gradually gaining power. In the 17th minute, a first opportunity of the striker Maldivien, countered, offered them a first corner, followed by a foul of the Reunion defender, Mickaël Dubaril, on the attacker Maldivian. But the free kick was not favorable to players in red.

If the Reunionese had more possession at this time, the Maldivians resisted well and did not facilitate the task to their opponents.

The two goals of Reunion were still a blow for Maldivians who struggle to give good balloons to their attackers. The good action of the Maldivian number 9, Naiz Hassan, a few minutes before half-time will not have been enough.

2-0 at half time

A few minutes after the restart, K'Bidi's fine strike was stopped by the Maldivian goalkeeper, Faisal Mohamed.

But the Reunionese Mathieu Sarpedon confirms the domination of the selection of Reunion in this meeting by scoring a third goal, served by Jean-Michel Fontaine. A Jean-Michel Fontaine who will do the same by scoring, head, his second goal of the game.

Jean-Michel Fontaine, released after an hour and 11 minutes of play and replaced by 17, Sylvain Phileas. The opportunity to bring the younger generation on the ground and to spare his advanced striker and captain.

Final score 4 goals to 0 for Reunion

A victory that welcomes the breeder Jean-Pierre Bade, satisfied with this entry into the 10th Games of the Islands of the Indian Ocean. Small flat, the coach still regret that his players have waited for the 30th minute to score the first goal.

A match " without forcing "Without putting himself in the red, briefly played quietly, he said.Not surprisingly, the Reunionese dominated the Maldivians who were however present on the ground and writers of beautiful actions.Jean-Michel Fontaine wants him do everything to be the best scorer of these Games.

JIOI 2019: post-match meeting – Maldives, Football

This Thursday, July 18, two other games are played. Mauritians face the Seychellois at 3 pm at the New George V Stadium in Curepipe, while the Mayotte selection plays against the Comoros at the same time on the stadium Auguste Vollaire de Flacq.

Next matches of the Reunion selection:

Saturday, July 20: Meeting – Mayotte, at 12:30, at the New George V Stadium Curepipe.
Monday 22 July: Comoros – Reunion, 15.15, at the New George V Stadium in Curepipe.


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