Times of Oman
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Samir Shibli leads Oman to big victory over Fiji
February 24, 2013 | 12:00 AM

New Delhi: Thirty-sixth-ranked Oman men's team beat 70th-ranked Fiji 7-3 in a hard fought match on the seventh and last day of the Hockey World League Round 2 here.

Fiji played an attacking game right from the start and kept the Omani defenders busy in the first half.

Fiji opened the account with captain Hector Smith's goal in the second minute. Within seconds, Oman captain Samir Haliyas Al Shibli equalised the score at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium.

Fijians fought back as James Saqacala (4th min) and Leevan Dutta (14th min) scored two back-to-back goals to take the lead.

Before half time, Oman's Ahmed Sabeel Al Balushi scored the second goal for his team in the 22nd minute.

Oman came back in the second half strongly and scored thrice through Mahmood Salim Al Hasani (40th), Ahmed Sabeel Al Balushi (42nd) and Mohammed Hubais Al Shar (48th min) to dominate the match.

In the 68th minute, Oman got their sixth goal through an own goal.
In the next minute, skipper Samir Haliyas Al Shibli scored again and took the score to 7-3.
Fiji could not come back in the match and lost their last league match.

Al Shibli was adjudged player of the match for his two goals and leading the team to victory.

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