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Auckland will now travel to the FIFA Club World Cup in December where they will meet the Moroccan national league winners in a play-off to make the quarter finals.

Started by aaa123, 2014/08/13 11:36PM
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Auckland will now travel to the FIFA Club World Cup in December where ...
#1   2014/08/13 11:36PM
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The Junior Football Ferns made history today, becoming the first New Zealand women's age-group side to qualify for the knockout stages of a FIFA tournament after a 3-0 win over Costa Rica at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Canada.

Stephanie Skilton opened the scoring in the 24th minute at the National Soccer Stadium in Toronto, glancing in a deep freekick from captain Katie Bowen before Megan Lee added the second in the 69th minute holding her composure and scooping home after being put clear behind the Costa Rican back four.

Substitute Tayla O'Brien added an injury time capper, turning in a corner deep into stoppage time to provide the final margin.

The New Zealand side progress as the second qualifier from Group D behind France - who claimed a 3-0 win over Paraguay on Thursday - and will meet the winner of Group C in soccer shoes for sale Moncton on Monday 18 August, 8am (NZ time).

The Junior Football Ferns join the 2009 and 2011 U-17 men's teams as the New Zealand sides to have reached the knockout phase of a FIFA age-group event.


Junior Football Ferns coach Aaron McFarland has been a member of the coaching staff of all three teams.

New Zealand 3-0 Costa Rica (half: 1-0)
NZL: Stephanie Skilton 24', Megan Lee 69', Tayla O'Brien 90+5'
CRC: -When Auckland City striker Emiliano Tade smashed home an 87th minute winner to beat Amicale in the OFC Champions League final today, he had 500,000 reasons to celebrate.

That is the minimum amount (in US dollars) that will filter through New Zealand football as a result of his stunning 20-yard half volley which sent Auckland to their fourth consecutive FIFA Club World Cup.

The Argentinian striker celebrated by ripping off his shirt in elation and was quickly swamped by team mates who knew they were heading back to the world stage. It also allowed the Auckland City and New Zealand Football moneymen to breathe a sigh of relief, because for most of the game it looked like the hosts wouldn't see a cent.

Amicale knew how to beat Auckland. They did it last month in the OFC qualifying tournament in Fiji and they really should have done it again today.


The Vanuatu champions led 1-0, missed a penalty, hit the post and had three glorious second half chances to put the match to bed when the score was 1-1, but a combination of lackadaisical finishing and brilliant goalkeeping kept Auckland in the hunt.

Amicale needed someone like Tade. The ASB Premiership Golden Boot and O-League Golden Ball winner can create something out of nothing, and his snap-shot from a cushioned Ryan De-Vries lay off on the edge of the area was worthy of the rich rewards.

Auckland were incredibly lucky not to be down to ten-men after 26 minutes when Ivan Vicelich chopped down nippy Amicale striker Sanni Issa in the box. He was the last man and it was a clear goal-scoring opportunity but the Tahitian referee only deemed it worthy of a yellow card.

Auckland City goalkeeper Tamati Williams produced a world class save from the resulting spot kick as he dived low to his right to tip a powerful shot from Colin Marshall around the post.

But on the stroke of halftime Amicale had the lead when Kensi Tangis darted in front of Vicelich to clinically head home a well weighted Adidas F50 For Sale cross. Auckland equalised from a set piece in the 66th minute when De Vries hammered home a half-cleared free kick.

With tensions high Amicale striker Nikola Vasilic had two easy chances to win it, but put a header over from six yards and a shot wide from ten.

Auckland City coach Ramon Tribulietx said the final was the toughest match they have played this season.

"The message at halftime was about belief and believing." he said. "We knew we could come back from the Nike Magista Opus for sale deficit. We have played some tough games in the Champions League but this would probably be the toughest. They are a fantastic team full of professional players."

Auckland will now travel to the FIFA Club World Cup in December where they will meet the Moroccan national league winners in a play-off to make the quarter finals.


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