Romarinho strikes to hand Al-Jazira victory at FIFA Club World Cup

Elias Hubbard
December 7, 2017

Despite keeping more of the possession, Auckland City were unable to translate their dominance into shots and only managed to threaten Al Jazira once in the first 20 minutes, when a shot was deflected for a corner by Fares Juma.

7 continental club champions have qualified for the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2017.

38 Youth Leadership Programme winners will be flag bearers and ball carriers at the tournament.

The 2012 Club World Cup victor (with Corinthians) fizzed a low drive from all of 30 yards into the bottom left corner to send the Abu Dhabi side ahead at the break.

From there the Al Jazira side were content to sit on their lead, soaking up constant pressure from the Oceania champions. "Our domestic league perhaps isn't at the same level as Al Jazira's but we've competed in other worldwide tournaments (Nike Lunar New Year Cup) and beat teams like FC Seoul (1-0) so we are getting more confident in what we are doing regardless of the calibre of opponent in front of us", he said.

In their proud history, this will go down as Auckland City's most bitter defeat.

Zayed Sports City will host the following two games on Dec.9.

And second match will be played between the winners of the first match and AFC Champions League winners.

The match is a play-off for the quarter finals.

On Dec.13, Zayed Sports City Stadium will hosts the victor of Match 3 vs current champion Real Madrid and the match will start at 21:00 pm.

"Just try to win the match because at the end of the day what you want is to keep playing in the tournament".

In 2009, Auckland City FC beat then local representatives Al Ahli in the corresponding Club World Cup match thanks to goals from Adam Dickinson and Chad Coombes but in those intervening years club football has lifted off in the UAE with a seemingly endless stream of money flowing into their domestic game.

There were several other half chances, but City didn't take any of them.

The third Latin side in the competition are Mexico's CF Pachuca, who return after a seven-year absence.

Auckland City was formed in 2004 out of Central United when a new national league system was created in New Zealand.

Al Jazira counterpart Henk ten Cate could sympathise with Tribulietx.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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