Auck­land City FC ready for Fifa fi­nals en­counter

Central Leader - - SPORT - By JEREMY RUANE

Auck­land City FC are primed and dan­ger­ous ahead of their Fifa Club World Cup Fi­nals en­counter with Raja Casablanca in Morocco tomorrow.

Ra­mon Tribu­li­etx’s Navy Blues take on the host na­tion cham­pi­ons at the Agadir Sta­dium from 8.30am.

The win­ning team will play Mex­i­can cham­pi­ons CF Mon­ter­rey on Sun­day morn­ing in the quar­ter­fi­nal of the tour­na­ment.

Raja sacked their coach just be­fore the tour­na­ment so it will be a big test for the new coach with US$500,000 prize­money at stake.

Auck­land’s prepa­ra­tions for the tour­na­ment took them to Barcelona late last week, where the team spent three days as guests of the La Liga club RCD Es­panyol.

City played a friendly in­ter­na­tional against their hosts dur­ing the stay and the Span­ish pro­fes­sion­als only edged them out by a 1-0 score­line.

The Auck­land team has been buoyed by this re­sult even though it marked their first loss in 14 pre-sea­son and ASB Premier­ship fixtures in their cam­paign.

City have trav­elled more than 36,000km and played in seven coun­tries on four con­ti­nents to be part of Thurs­day’s fix­ture. The match will be shown live on Som­met Sports (Free­view chan­nel 14).

The weekend’s ASB Premier­ship re­sults have kept City at the top of the ta­ble with their near­est ri­vals, Waitakere United, drop­ping points and trail­ing Auck­land on goal dif­fer­ence.

Back ben­der: Auck­land’s Mitchell McCle­naghan gives it his all.

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On form: Auck­land coach Ra­mon Tribu­li­etx is pre­par­ing his team for their game against Raja Casablanca tomorrow.

Pho­tos: PHOTOSPORT.CO.NZ

Mid air:

Matt Quinn of the Aces winds back.

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