Football’s Auckland City to play best of Japan

Auckland City will play Yokohama in their playoff match at football’s Club World Cup in December.

 
 

Auckland CityAUCKLAND City will play Yokohama in their playoff match at football’s Club World Cup in December.

Auckland, the Oceania champions, play the first match of the tournament against the winners of the J-League, with the winner moving on to play the African champions in the quarterfinals.

They secured their fourth appearance at the tournament after beating Tefana, of Tahiti, 3-1 on aggregate in May, and pick up a US$500,000 cheque to go with the title.

Auckland City won two matches at the tournament in 2009, but coach Ramon Tribulietx is not looking that far ahead, APNZ reported.

“We have played the likes of the African winners in the past and know they are physically and technically very good. They would be very difficult play against,” he said, “but our real focus will be the J-League winners which will be a real challenge for us.

 “I don’t really want to look too far into the draw – we will take it game by game as we always do.”
Last year Auckland went down 2-0 to Kashiwa Reysol.
“Our aim will be to compete as well as we can. We are the underdogs in the competition although with our participation last year still fresh in our minds we hope to be able to take our game to another level,” Tribulietx said.
 
 

 

comments