Tamatoa Tetauira is captain fantastic as AS Dragon thrash AS Lossi in Oceania Champions League

Tahiti side AS Dragon thrashed AS Lossi of New Caledonia in their opening Oceania Champions League game.

AS Dragon were boasted two veteran players with incredible playing careers in former Monaco and Nice midfielder Marama Vahirua and Raynald Lemaitre, who previously played for Caen and Nancy in France.

However, it was impressive 21-year-old captain Tamatoa Tetauira who made the initial breakthrough when he was through on goal in the first 20 minutes.

He was hauled down by AS Lossi’s Warren Saiko and the defender was sent off, giving AS Dragon a man advantage.

They were then shocked by an injury to 38-year-old Vahirua, who limped off in his first Oceania Champions League game.

Dragon failed to break down Lossi until just after half time when Tetauira headed in from a great cross from Teataura Hauta.

Lemaitre added a second on 62 minutes when after racing through on goal, before Tetauira scored his second of the game to put his side 3-0 up with a low finish from inside the box.

The one-sided affair was finished off by Rainui Tze-Yu’s late shot, which beat the keeper with power to complete the rout.

The win puts AS Dragon top of Group B and with home advantage they should be favourites to progress from the group stages into the quarter finals of the competition.

However, they will hope Vahirua, who famously played for Tahiti in the 2013 Confederations Cup and set up the side’s only goal of the tournament against Nigeria, will be fit for later games.

Oceania Champions League Group B – Pepeete, Tahiti

AS Dragon 4-0 AS Lossi

AS Dragon scorers: Tamatoa Tetauira (2), Raynald Lemaitre, Rainui Tze-Yu
Warren Saiko sent off for Lossi

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