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Micronesia concede 114 times in three games, hammered 46-0 by Vanuatu

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It’s unlikely the Micronesian national team has had worse weeks than this.

During the soccer tournament that is currently being held at the 2015 Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea — which also acts as Olympic qualifying for the region — the tiny Pacific island nation has lost three games in four days and their goalkeeper must have a severely sore back from picking the ball out of the back of the net.

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The Federated States of Micronesia is ranked 200 in the world by FIFA and over the last week they have lost 38-0 to Fiji and 30-0 to Tahiti. After this 46-0 defeat to Vanautu on Tuesday, they have now conceded 114 goals in their last three games.

Jean Kaltack scored 16 times for Vanautu on Tuesday, plus Bill Nicolls added a tidy tally of 10 goals as they led 23-0 at half time. Although the result would beat previous records set at both the club and international level, it will not enter into the record books as the Pacific Games is registered as a U-23 tournament.

Looking back through the history books, the biggest victory in a full international game occurred in 2001 when Australia beat American Samoa 31-0.

The biggest win in a senior game at club level was by Arbroath FC in Scotland who beat Bon Accord 36-0 in a Scottish FA Cup game back in 1885. Since then, the highest victory in senior soccer was set in October 2002 when Malagasy club AS Adema beat SO l’Emyrne 149-0 in the national championship. However, that result was ridiculously slanted as SOE protested a refereeing decision in a prior match and decided, for some reason, to score own goals throughout the record defeat.

See, Micronesia, it could be worse…

Fiji smashes Micronesia 38-0…Yes, 38-0

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Fiji scored five times in the opening five minutes and kept piling on the goals as they defeated Micronesia 38-0 in the most lopsided win in history.

Yes, you read that correctly. 38-0.

The previous record for biggest international win was held by Australia, when the Socceroos defeated American Samoa 31-0 in 2001.

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But Micronesia could be in luck as the nation is not recognized by FIFA, meaning they may stay out of the record books.

This match was part of the Pacific Games and also doubled as an Olympic qualifier. Micronesia lost its first match of the tournament 30-0 to Tahiti. That means the nation of about 600 islands currently sits with a goal differential of -68 after two matches. Ouch.

Despite the result, Micronesia’s manager Stan Foster said his team did some things well…

We did quite well in the second half.

The marking was slack in the first half so I told them to make sure they marked man to man, and that worked out a lot better.

Most of these guys are from small villages where they don’t play soccer, so they’ve come a long way.

They’re not used to a crowd in a big tournament like this against real quality players. The Tahiti match was a real shock to them, but they bounced back. I gave them a bit of a pep talk.”

The tactical changes limited Fiji to just 17 second half goals, compared to the 21 they scored in the opening half.

For Fiji, Antonio Tuivana hit double digits with 10 goals, while Christopher Wasasala bagged seven.