Skip to main content
  1. AXS Entertainment
  2. Sports
  3. Soccer

CWC: Casablanca downs Auckland City in opening game

See also

The FIFA Clubs World Cup kicked off Wednesday with Raja Casablanca Athletic (MAR) facing Auckland City FC (NZL) at the Agadir Stadium in Morocco in African continent. The host nation representative had a compensation time goal to edge over the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) champions taking the victory 2-1.

"Auckland were tough opponents,” Raja Casablanca Coach Faouzi Benzarti said. “They’re a very well-organized and disciplined team. We started the match well and took the lead but then conceded an equalizer after making a catastrophic error. Luckily, we were rewarded with the winning goal in injury time.”

The host nation squad took the lead in the 39th minute when Adil Karrouchi found Mouhssine Iajour in the box. The striker shot to the far corner to put the ball past goalkeeper Tamati Williams for the 1-0 lead. The stadium went wild as the hosts scored the first goal of the tournament.

The home side was in control of the pitch for the remaining time until a collision gave the OFC champion a shot on goal. Roy Krishna put the ball past the keeper to close the gap 1-1.

After the goal the local squad continued on the attack with no luck. Raja kept control firing from all sides and dominating the field with great passing. When it looked like the game would go into extra time, the African squad broke the net. Abdelilah Hafidi recovered a rebound that goalkeeper Williams could not control. Hafidi simply pushed the ball that landed at his feet past the OFC “gatekeeper” to put the game 2-1.

"It was a close match, but unfortunately it ended with a bitter result for us,” Auckland City Coach Ramon Tribulietx said. “Although Raja had greater possession, we had our chances too. I’m very proud of my lads.”

Auckland City has participated in the last three Club World Cups as the OFC representative. However, this is the third opening match that the New Zealand-side has lost. The host nation will try to ride the momentum into Saturday’s quarterfinal game against Mexico’s CF Monterrey. The Mexican-based squad is in their third participation in a row. Last year the Rayados finished in the competition in third place.

Advertisement

Today's top buzz...

  • Coachella
    The set times you need to know have been announced for Coachella
    Festival Buzz
  • Lamar Odom
    The New York Knicks are giving Lamar Odom another shot in the NBA
    Video
    NBA Buzz
  • Porsha Williams
    See why 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' star Porsha Williams posed for this mug shot
    Video
    TV News
  • NHL tickets
    If you're looking to catch an NHL playoff game in NYC, don't expect to do so on a budget
    NHL Buzz
  • Transcendence
    Review: ‘Transcendence’ fascinates, but does it rise above the field?
    Movies Buzz
  • Kobe Bryant
    Kobe Bryant has agreed to cooperate with an all-access documentary about his life
    Video
    Sports Buzz

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about Examiner.com and apply today!