When Micronesia lost the opening match of the Pacific Games 30-0 to Tahiti, they probably thought it could not get any worse than that. They were wrong.
In a scoreline tournament organisers claim is a world record, Fiji beat them 38-0 on Sunday.
However Micronesia are likely to escape their place in the record books as they are not affiliated to world football’s governing body Fifa, and the squads at the Pacific Games are Under-23s because it doubles as Olympic qualifying.
- Micronesia put an outfield player in goal at half-time with the score 21-0. Midfielder Dominic Gadad conceded 17 more
- Antonio Tuivana scored 10 goals for Fiji; Christopher Wasasala hit seven
- Fiji failed to score between 12th and 22nd minute
- Micronesia’s final group game is against Vanuatu, who drew with Fiji
- Minnows only have 18-man squad, rather than 23
The official world record remains
in a World Cup qualifier back in 2001.
What is Micronesia?
The Federated States of Micronesia, in the western Pacific, consists of about 600 islands grouped into four states: Kosrae, Pohnpei, Chuuk (Truk) and Yap.
Occupying a very small total land mass, it is scattered over an ocean expanse five times the size of France and has a population of about 100,000.
Though formally independent, in 1986 Micronesia signed a “Compact of Free Association” with the US. Under this, Washington took on responsibility for defence and gained the right to set up military bases and deny other nations access to Micronesia.