Football

Auckland City to play in Fifa Club World Cup

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 yesterday.

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 play-off for the quarter-finals at the tournament in the United Arab Emirates, where 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 yesterday, with Ryan De Vries and Emiliano Tade notching goals after half-time.

"We couldn't sit back and wait because we knew Wellington are a team capable of scoring if you do that," Tribulietx said.

"We had to be aggressive and play to win. 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.

"We all understand how important it is to play in the Fifa Club World Cup." - REUTERS

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