AUCKLAND: Auckland City will compete again in the Club World Cup in December in Morocco after landing their third consecutive Oceania Champions League against 10-man Waitakere United.
They owed their 2-1 victory – and $500,000 bonus – to goals from Adam Dickinson after 16 minutes Alex Feneridis four minutes later. Waitakere keeper Danny Robinson was at fault on both goals.
Waitakere’s Roy Krishna scored a consolation for New Zealand’s domestic champions in the 39th minute.
They pressed on for an equaliser for most of the second half but were caught out on counter attacks by the Auckland team which resulted in Waitakere’s Tim Myers receiving his second booking and a red card in the 59th minute.
Auckland’s victory was their fourth Champions League title since the competition was revamped in 2007 and earned their third successive trip to the FIFA tournament, which involves club champions from all six confederations.