5 Mar 2012

Sport: High energy affair expected in women's football qualifier

11:36 am on 5 March 2012

Attack is expected to be the order of the day when Samoa and Tonga meet in

Monday's do or die women's Olympic football qualifier.

Samoa kept their chances of making Wednesday's final alive with an entertaining 4-3 win over Vanuatu at the weekend.

A win over Tonga will secure their place but their opponents need only a draw to advance thanks to their superior goal differential.

Despite that, Samoa coach Tala Salamasina says he doesn't expect the hosts to hold back.

"I think that they're going to go for it because they've got the experience behind them. A few of them have got experience so I think Tonga's going to go for it. I think they've got the best team so I think Tonga's going to go for it - I don't think they're going to sit back and relax."

Papua New Guinea, who've already secured their place in Wednesday's final, play Vanuatu in their final pool match today.

The winner of this week's qualifying tournament will face New Zealand in a home and away playoff for a place at the London Olympics.