AUCKLAND: Auckland City secured their sixth successive Oceania Champions League title and a place in the FIFA Club World Cup in December after a 3-0 defeat of Team Wellington.
A lone strike from Solomon Islander Micah Lea’alafa in only the second minute separated the teams at half-time. He then created a second goal for Clayton Lewis in the 67th minute.
Wellington were reduced to 10 men when former Auckland City midfielder Alex Feneridis received a second caution and Lea’alafa capitalised to score his second goal six minutes from time.
The final concluded a 12-team, two-week tournament in Auckland.
It is a sixth title in a row – and eighth overall – for Auckland City, and the New Zealanders will now feature in a record eighth Club World Cup later this year in Japan.