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Auckland City in Oceania final

Zanzeer Singh
Tuesday, May 06, 2014

AUCKLAND City qualified for the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) Champions League final despite going down 1-2 to AS Pirae in the second semi-final in Tahiti on Sunday.

The defending champions won the home and away semi-final 4-2 on aggregate.

In the first leg, Auckland City beat AS Pirae 3-0.

Jimmy Tepa opened the scoring for AS Pirae in the fourth minute.

The Tahitians doubled their lead in the 40th minute through striker Naea Bennett.

Auckland City's Portuguese striker Joao Moreira pulled a goal back on the stroke of halftime.

Darren White of Auckland City was sent off late in the game.

Auckland City FC will now face Amicale in the two-legged final.

This will be the second time the teams will contest in the finals, the first back in 2011.

Amicale have won their last two encounters with Auckland City FC.

The first semi-final will be held at the PVM Stadium in Port Vila this Saturday.

The second leg will be played at Kiwitea Street in Sandringham, Auckland on May 18.

The winner of the OFC Champions League will qualify for the FIFA Club World Cup in Morocco in December.

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