Play-offs shown live

Central Leader - - NEWS - By JEREMY RUANE

It all starts to­mor­row for Auck­land City FC in their FIFA Club World Cup Fi­nals play-off against the host na­tion’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives Moghreb Ath­letic de Te­touan.

The match, held in Morocco, will be shown on Sky Sports from 8.30am ( NZ time) with the win­ner ad­vanc­ing to the quar­ter-fi­nals, where they will play ES Setif of Al­ge­ria from 5am on Sun­day.

They will also earn them­selves an ad­di­tional US$500,000 – in ad­di­tion to the US$500,000 which City earned by qual­i­fy­ing for the fi­nals as cham­pi­ons of Ocea­nia. City got their prepa­ra­tions back on track by hold­ing the na­tional team of Uzbek­istan to a score­less draw in Dubai on Thurs­day. Only three months ago the Uzbek­ista­nis de­feated the All Whites 3-1 in a friendly in Tashkent, so for City to record a re­sult of this mag­ni­tude is a great fil­lip for the Ki­witea St club. What’s more, they could well have won the game – only the wood­work pre­vented Ryan de Vries from scor­ing a sen­sa­tional win­ner in this friendly.

Mean­while, the Ju­nior Blues scored a come- from-be­hind 4-1 vic­tory over Manawatu United on Sun­day to bol­ster their hopes of a midtable fin­ish in the ASB Na­tional Youth League.

Maro Bonsu-Maro’s equaliser was swiftly sup­ple­mented by a Ross McPhie goal, and two goals from Nick Zam­brano put City in an unas­sail­able po­si­tion five min­utes be­fore half­time.

Auck­land now trav­els to Trafal­gar Park on Sun­day to take on Nel­son Marl­bor­ough Fal­cons.

Photo: PHOTOTEK

Car­ried away: Auck­land’s Ivan Vicelich, in white, gets the bet­ter of this en­counter against Uzbek­istan’s Jamshid Iskan­derov.

Go to cen­tral­leader. co.nz and click on Lat­est Edi­tion to watch match high­lights and in­ter­views.

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