Al-Jazira knock out Auckland City in opening Club World Cup game

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Hosts United Arab Emirates' Al Jazira advanced to the quarterfinals after beating Oceania champions Auckland City 1-0 in the Club World Cup opener in Al Ain City on Wednesday.

Al-Jazira go on to face Urawa Red Diamonds in the quarterfinals - the victor of which will meet Real Madrid on December 13.

Mexico's Pachua and Moroccan outfit Wydad Casablanca also play that day, with the sides hoping to book a clash with Brazilian side Gremio. They play these type of games in their league. The ball found space and Romarinho was on hand to hit a wonderful strike from 25m out which gave keeper Enaut Zubikarai no chance. Auckland, making a record ninth appearance at the tournament, enjoyed 59 percent of possession and had 17 shots to their opponents' five.

AL AIN UNITED ARAB EMIRATES- DECEMBER 06 Henk Ten Cate of Al Jazira gives his team instructions during the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2017 play off match between Al Jazira and Auckland City FC
Ten Cate barks orders from the touchline in Al Ain

Young forward Callum McCowatt had the first of them after 30 minutes when he combined nicely with Ryan de Vries to find space in the box but his shot was comfortably saved.

Brazilian striker Romarinho's long-range score shortly before half-time came out the victor for Al Jazira, which qualified as the UAE league champions.

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