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City Qualifies, Delta Tigers Still In

First-half goals from skipper and New Zealand representative Cam Howieson, on his way to Player of the Match honours, and Mario Ilich did much of the damage for the nine-time OCL champions.
09 Aug 2022 11:25
City Qualifies, Delta Tigers Still In
Rewa captain Setareki Hughes controls the ball against Auckland City in the OFC Champions League Group B clash at Ngahue Reserve in Auckland, New Zealand on August 8, 2022. Auckland City won 3-0. Photo: OFC Media

Auckland City FC confirmed their place in the semi-finals of the Oceania Champions League 2022 with a 3-0 win over Rewa FC at the Ngahue Reserve in Auckland, New Zealand, yesterday.

 

Qualifying Process

After an impressive opening 5-0 win over Hienghène Sport last Friday, the result means City will go into their final group match against Nikao Sokattak FC knowing they will be taking part in Sunday’s semi-finals regardless of the result.

The Marika Rodu-coached side must win their final Group B match against New Caledonia’s Hienghene Sport on Thursday, if they are to qualify.

 

Alam Stars

First-half goals from skipper and New Zealand representative Cam Howieson, on his way to Player of the Match honours, and Mario Ilich did much of the damage for the nine-time OCL champions.

This was before Emiliano Tade produced a beautiful chipped shot in the dying stages to put the icing on the victory. Earlier City had to fend off a fast start from Rewa FC which saw the Fijians employ a high press and create a couple of scoring chances.

However, that tactic also meant Rewa were vulnerable on the counter, and only the quick thinking of goalkeeper Mohammed Alam denied City an opener early on, as he swarmed to block a shot off Howieson’s foot from close range.

 

But eventually Auckland City found a way through after surviving a near miss at the other end when Abbu Zahid couldn’t get to a driven cross, breaking via Dylan Manickum who was then brought down illegally by Ioane Matanisiga, resulting in a penalty and yellow card.

Howieson converted with a crisp effort from the spot, before turning provider nine minutes later for Ilich.

Howieson delivered a ball from a corner which Alam initially did well to save, but was powerless to stop on the second bounce which Ilich tapped home.

City controlled proceedings through the second half, enjoying long periods of possession and soaking up the few chances Rewa did create, before Tade got in behind the Rewa defence and produced a stunning shot up over the advancing Alam to seal a 3-0 victory.

 

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