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Auckland City ousted from Club World Cup

Auckland City ousted from Club World Cup”

Auckland City will wonder what might have been.

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.

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. They had seven shots on target to two.

"We have a lot of respect for Arabic football and we respect Al Jazira as a team". The key statistics have never been in their favour like that at this tournament. He will be satisfied with most elements of his team's display, but disappointed with the goal they conceded. "They had one shot at goal (in the first half) and they scored it", he said.

Auckland City coach Ramon Tribulietx and captain Angel Luis Viña Berlanga pose with the OFC trophy. "In a one-off game we can compete and if you look at the way we prepare and have played in the past it is something we are very proud of and want to continue", he said. They remained the principle aggressors as the clock ticked down, with a golden chance falling to De Vries as he diverted a cross straight at Khaseif from five yards out.

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

After the break, "The Navy Blues" kept hunting in search of goals.

It wasn't to be, however, and UAE 2017 won't be joining Morocco 2014 or UAE 2009 in the City storybook.

Al Jazira counterpart Henk ten Cate could sympathise with Tribulietx.

European teams have won nine of the past 10 titles.

Al Jazira have replicated the opening day success of 2016 debutant Kashima Antlers' over Auckland City in Japan.



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