Romarinho strike sends Al-Jazira into Club World Cup quarters

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An 11-minuth attempt on goal by Auckland City striker Ryan De Vries warmed up things.

26 referees will be officiating the matches in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain. The Brazilian, who was in the Corinthians squad which won the tournament in 2012, struck with a low 25-metre shot in the 38th minute, his side's first of the evening, to earn Al Jazira a quarter-final against Asian champions Urawa Red Diamonds.

Debutants Al Jazira stunned nine-time participant Auckland City 1-0 in the opening match of the 14th FIFA Club World Cup at Hazza bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain on Wednesday night.

The other half of the draw begins on Saturday with Mexicans Pachuca, the CONCACAF champions, taking ON African champions Wydad Casablanca and vying for a berth to face South American champions Gremio in the last four on December 12. "But we're getting better and we have experience of playing games like this but the reality remains the reality - we don't have anywhere near the same financial resources as our opponents do", Tribulietx said. Auckland City were typically tidy in possession, and looked more and more threatening as the match went on.

This could have been another moment of glory for Auckland City at the Fifa Club World Cup, to join the ones from 2014 and 2009.

Payments will be made pro rata to all clubs that any given player was registered with during the two years prior to him exiting the competition.

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Kase, who missed 10 games last month due to injury, already has six goals for a new single-season career high. The Ducks broke a three-game losing streak (0-1-2) by taking the opener of a three-game homestand.

The high-voltage match, however, had a pedestrian start.

Real are aiming to become the first club in the history of the competition to win it twice in a row.

They matched - and then dominated - a fully professional side - who have budgets and resources that aren't close to comparable. A year ago we lost in the last minute to Kashima Antlers who took Real Madrid into extra time so that says something about how well we prepare for this competition.

Auckland City was formed in 2004 out of Central United when a new national league system was created in New Zealand.

"We understand Al Jazira is a very good rival with a very talented team".