City take Ocea­nia crown yet again

Central Leader - - HEALTH & BEAUTY - LIAM HYSLOP

Auck­land City have booked their place at the Club World Cup for the sev­enth year in a row.

They were at their clin­i­cal and res­o­lute best when beat­ing Team Welling­ton 2-0 in Sun­day’s OFC Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal sec­ond leg against Team Welling­ton at David Far­ring­ton Park, com­plet­ing a 5-0 ag­gre­gate win.

Auck­land soaked up all of the Team Welling­ton pres­sure through the first half and hit them on the counter early in the sec­ond through Ryan de Vries.

Welling­ton cap­tain and cen­tre back Bill Robert­son could only flick on a long ball into de Vries’ path in the 63rd minute be­fore the striker calmly fin­ished past Scott Basalaj.

There was no way back for Welling­ton from there as they needed five goals to win the fi­nal.

And it was well and truly fin­ished off when Emil­iano Tade scored in the 76th minute. He re­ceived a lay­off from de Vries on the left edge of the box and curled a sump­tu­ous fin­ish to the topright cor­ner.

Auck­land coach Ra­mon Tribu­li­etx said the key over the two legs was match­ing Welling­ton’s phys­i­cal­ity, es­pe­cially dur­ing set pieces.

It con­demned Welling­ton to their third run­ner-up fin­ish in Ocea­nia’s show­piece club event in as many years, al­though it was the first for Welling­ton coach Jose Figueira, who said they had lost to a bet­ter side across the two legs.

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