Tahiti Heads for Brazil in 2013

Tahiti has become the first Pacific Islands nation to win the Oceania title, and in the process has won the right to a spot in the Confederations Cup in 2013.

Tahiti had appeared in three previous finals – 1973, 1980 and 1996 – but finally took top spot by beating New Caledonia in the final to earn a long-awaited continental crown.

The victory completed a five-match winning run in the eight-nation competition, with Tahiti now set to become the first nation other than Australia or New Zealand to represent Oceania at the global tournament.

New Zealand, the favourites for the title, claimed third place with a 4-3 win over Solomon Islands. All four semi-finalists will feature in the third and final stage of Oceania 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil qualifying which is due to commence later this year.

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