Al Jazira defeat Auckland in CWC preliminary round

Evarado Alatorre
Diciembre 7, 2017

Morocco's Wydad Athletic Club and host club Al Jazira will hope to become the latest African and Asian sides to reach the final on their debuts.

"But we have to be very proud of what we've done".

Auckland City FC coach Ramon Tribulietx said it was a fine performance from his team.

"We did the same against Moghreb Tetouan in 2014 during a penalty shoot-out and it was the same. Maybe it will take ten minutes to settle the nerves but our focus will be on our football", he said.

But despite their dominance throughout, they lost 1-0 to Al Jazira, the reigning United Arab Emirates champions, and their campaign has finished at the playoff stage for the third year in a row. They play these type of games in their league.

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ROMARINHO netted a screamer to fire Al Jazira within a game of a showdown with Real Madrid.

"Each team has a significant role to play in the tournament and we wish each and every team and player the best of luck for their matches ahead", he added.

Midfielder Mario Bilen put in a full training session last night but remains doubtful for selection, while replacement goalkeeper Cameron Brown is over his jetlag having raced to join the squad as a last minute replacement for Danyon Drake who dislocated his shoulder at training earlier in the week.

Meanwhile, Vicelich, who is New Zealand's most-capped global in history, is attending his 7th FIFA Club World Cup. The fact we have taken some big teams to the limit in the past says a lot about how we prepare for this competition. While it was a beautifully hit shot by Romarinho - who has played more than 150 games for Corinthians - it was a lapse in concentration from Auckland City, who failed to track his run and left him free in a unsafe area.

Auckland City FC's match with Al Jazira will be broadcast live on Sky Sport 3 on Thursday 7 December from 5.48am NZST.

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