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Familiar foe in OFC Champions League final

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 16/04/2017

Auckland City FC and Team Wellington will meet in the final of the Oceania Champions League for a third successive year after cruising through their respective semi-finals.

The six-time defending champion Aucklanders will face a Wellington club outfit who recently toppled them in the final of the national domestic league.

The two Kiwi clubs will meet in a two-legged semi-final on April 29 and May 6, with the winners going on to play in the FIFA Club World Cup tournament in the United Arab Emirates in December.

Auckland City FC have had a mortgage on that honour since 2011, most recently thanks to one-off OFC final wins over Team Wellington in 2015 (4-3 in a penalty shootout) and 2016 (3-0).

Both teams will take compelling form into the decider, outclassing Pacific island opponents who both finished their matches on Saturday with nine men.

Tahiti club AS Tefana were no match for the Aucklanders, losing both legs of their semi-final 2-0.

Saturday's match was dominated by the hosts, who scored in each half through Emiliano Tade and Joao Moreira.

AS Tefana let their frustrations show late on, with red cards brandished to Viritua Tiaiho and goalkeeper Stevens Hiriga.

Team Wellington were locked 2-2 with AS Magenta coming into the second leg in the capital, where they crushed the New Caledonia outfit 7-1.

Team Wellington produced some classy moments on attack, slotting four goals in the last half-hour, capitalising on red cards shown to Jean Brice Wadriako and Jelewed Pierrot.

Team Wellington shared the goals evenly in wet conditions aside from a double to midfielder Joel Stevens.

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