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Tahiti vs Nigeria, Confederations Cup, Group Stage: Open Thread

Tahiti, a tiny island in the South Pacific, battle African powerhouse Nigeria today in the third day of matches in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup. Ranked number 138 in the world, and featuring a team of amateurs, not much is known about the Tahiti side, but it’s certainly a Cinderella story.

Here’a promotional video from Tahiti to give you an idea of how this side plays, as well as the field conditions they played on in their island:

Nigeria, meanwhile, have brought over a younger side than normal, so it’ll be a good test to see what depth the current Africa Cup Of Nations champions has.

For viewers in the United States, the game will be shown live on ESPN (and WatchESPN) at 2:30pm ET.

MORE — 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup Preview: Everything You Need To Know.

Before, during or after today’s Confederations Cup, join the conversation in the comments section below.

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6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Steven P.

    June 18, 2013 at 10:35 am

    As much as Tahiti are crowd favorites I have to say they are quite poor. Nigeria weren’t that good yet scored 6 goals. I fear for Tahiti against Spain and Uruguay.

  2. gillyrosh

    June 17, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    The joy of the Tahitian team is infectious. I followed the match on Twitter and cheered when I read they’d scored a goal. I love that the fans in the stadium adopted the Tahitians. I guess they couldn’t resist the underdog story either.

  3. Pio

    June 17, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    I have to say i was rooting for Tahiti. Having taken the time to read about how they made it to the Confederation’s cup, is a refreshing story about a team made mostly from amateur players. Glad to see them score against Nigeria.

  4. San Fransiscan

    June 17, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    How disrespectful was the Nigerian Captain. Didn’t even bother to shake hands with the Tahiti Captain, he was tying his shoelaces.

    • Frill Artist

      June 17, 2013 at 7:34 pm

      God forbid he ties his shoelaces.

      • San Fransiscan

        June 18, 2013 at 1:32 am

        So tying his shoes goes 1st and make the Tahiti captain wait is ok to you? Couldn’t he waited until he shook hands which only takes a second.

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