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ES Setif knocked out of Club World Cup by Auckland City
The Black Eagles were the supposed favorites ahead of the quarter-final tie in Rabat, despite the New Zealanders’ dramatic victory on penalties against host team Moghreb Tetouan.
Auckland started the game the stronger of the two sides; veteran midfielder Ivan Vicelich tried his luck inside the first sixty seconds but failed to keep his effort on target.
The Navy Blues defended resolutely for the majority of the game, while managing as many shots over the 90 minutes as their opponents (11).
And while City did often cede possession of the ball to Setif, the Algerians didn’t seem to know what to do with it.
The breakthrough finally came in the 52nd minute, when former Everton defender John Irving let fly from the edge of the area to score his first-ever CWC goal and his side’s first in the current edition.
Setif manager Kheïreddine Madoui brought on Ziaya and Younes to replace Gasmi and Belameiri soon afterwards, as his team pressed froward in search of a crucial goal.
The equaliser did not come, however, and Auckland will now attempt to shake off their euphoria before their semi-final tie against South American debutants San Lorenzo, on Wednesday.