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Auckland reach Club World Cup quarters

Auckland City celebrate their opening goal in the 2-0 victory over Al Ahli.
Auckland City celebrate their opening goal in the 2-0 victory over Al Ahli.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • New Zealand side Auckland City booked their place in the quarterfinals of the Club World Cup
  • The Oceania champions claimed a 2-0 victory over local side Al Ahli in Abu Dhabi
  • Auckland will next face Mexican outfit Atlante in the last eight on Saturday

(CNN) -- New Zealand side Auckland City booked their place in the quarterfinals of the Club World Cup with a 2-0 victory over local side Al Ahli in Abu Dhabi --FIFA.com have reported.

Adam Dickinson and Chad Coombes scored in each half for the Oceania champions, who will now face Mexico's Atlante on Saturday.

Auckland broke the deadlock on the stroke of half-time when Jason Hayne burst down the right and delivered a superb cross, which Dickinson, who had edged in front of his marker, cushioned home.

Ahli almost snatched an instant equalizer but, after Bare's shot was blocked, Salem Khamis scooped the ball over the bar with the goal at his mercy.

Auckland doubled their lead on 67 minutes. There seemed little danger when Coombes received possession 30 yards from goal, but seconds later he was sprinting away in celebration after his piledriver flew into the roof of the Ahli net.

The first quarterfinal match will be played on Friday, when African champions TP Mazembe face Asian champions Pohang Steelers.