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Auckland City defeat Moghreb Tetouan on penalties at Club World Cup
In a match that was far from entertaining, Auckland City FC beat the Club World Cup hosts Moghreb Tetouan via a penalty shoot-out.
The New Zealanders, who are recording their sixth appearance of the tournament (surpassing Al Ahly’s record set at five), cruise to the next round of the Club World Cup to set up a meeting with the CAF Champions League winners ES Setif.
The blank score sheet fairly described the match which lacked any sort of creativity and clear-cut chances. Both managers chose not to take any risks, as they settled with securing their team’s defence and only creating half-chances, anticipating any sort of error to convert from.
The only remarkable effort in regular-time was at the 35th minute and it came from Auckland’s side when Emiliano Tade received Ryan De Vries’ pass, unmarked in the penalty area, but his effort went wide.
In extra-time the most threatening effort was also materialized by the visitors when De Vries controlled the ball inside the box and sent it over the head of Angel Berlangaho, who squandered the opportunity.
The first real test of the keepers came in the form of a penalty shoot-out.
The visitors opened the scoring through Tim Payne whose shot was nearly saved by the Moroccan keeper Mohamed El-Yousfi, who went in the right direction but his hands weren’t strong enough to turn the ball away.
Afterwards, Auckland City keeper Tamati Williams saved Ahmed Jahouh’s shot to the visitors’ benefit, who went 2-0 up with John Irving converting another for the New Zealand side. Krouch then scored for the hosts to make the score 2-1.
The gap was then closed on the 8th attempt when Naim levelled for Tetouan 3-3 after Bilen failed to score for Auckland retaining some hope for Moghreb Tetouan.
However, Mehdi Khallati wasted their chance of qualifying missing the final shot for the Moroccans after Sanni Issa regained the advantage for the Navy Blues to send them to the next round.