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Soccer-Amateurs Auckland City qualify for Club World Cup
May 7, 2017 / 5:29 AM / 6 months ago

Soccer-Amateurs Auckland City qualify for Club World Cup

WELLINGTON, May 7 (Reuters) - New Zealand amateurs Auckland City will get to test themselves against the cream of world football at the FIFA Club World Cup in December after beating Team Wellington 2-0 in the second leg of the Oceania Champions League final on Sunday.

Auckland won the two-legged final 5-0 on aggregate after a 3-0 victory at home last week to give them a seventh consecutive Oceania title and ninth overall.

Auckland, who finished third at the 2014 Club World Cup in Morocco, will enter a playoff for the quarter-finals at the tournament in the United Arab Emirates. They are likely to face UAE side Al-Jazira on Dec. 6.

Ramon Tribulietx’s side were already in the box seat after the first leg but they did not sit back on Sunday, with Ryan De Vries and Emiliano Tade notching goals after halftime.

“We couldn’t sit back and wait because we knew Wellington are a team capable of scoring if you do that. We had to be aggressive and play to win,” Tribulietx said.

”To get the title for the seventh time in a row, I‘m really proud of them and I think the club is very proud of everyone.

”It’s a great feeling because its not a one-off or a lucky thing.

“We all understand how important it is to play in the FIFA Club World Cup. The team changes from year to year and it gets harder to win each year but when it comes down to these games the boys switch on and do the job.”

Reporting by Greg Stutchbury; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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