Club World Cup opener
Alain, United Arab Emirates — The Club World Cup kicked off Wednesday with Al Jazira defeating Oceania champion Auckland City 1-0, with Brazilian forward Romarinho scoring a first-half winner for the winners, who qualified as the host country’s league winner.
Al Jazira will play Asian champion Urawa Reds of Japan tomorrow. The other secondround match will be between CONCACAF champion Pachuca of Mexico and African champion Wydad Casablanca of Morocco.
European champion Real Madrid and South American champion Gremio await in the semifinals. The final will be played Dec 16 in Abu Dhabi.