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Tavano says Al Jazira, the UAE league title winners, present a hard challenge with a different style of play.

The final will be played on December 16 in Abu Dhabi.

Meanwhile, Vicelich, who is New Zealand's most-capped worldwide in history, is attending his 7th FIFA Club World Cup.

A stunning strike by Romarinho gave local side Al Jazira a 1-0 win over Oceania champions Auckland City in their Club World Cup preliminary match on Wednesday despite being outplayed by the New Zealanders.

"We need to be focused and play them as if this is going to be the last game we ever play in our lives".


"We are delighted to welcome seven continental champions to the UAE for what will be a marvellous celebration of football", commented Aref Hamed Al Awani, tournament director of the LOC. "But we're getting better and we have experience of playing games like this but the reality remains the reality - we don't have anywhere near the same financial resources as our opponents do", Tribulietx said.

Hosted by Jon Turner, this week's show also features Graham Caygill who reflects on the last time the Club World Cup was hosted in the UAE.

Al Jazira have replicated the opening day success of 2016 debutant Kashima Antlers' over Auckland City in Japan.

Auckland City have been fixtures at the Club World Cup for the best part of a decade, and have enjoyed some wonderful moments.

The match will be played between the Copa Libertadores champions and winners of match two.


The high-voltage match, however, had a pedestrian start. But they have never created so many chances in a single match.

They matched - and then dominated - a fully professional side - who have budgets and resources that aren't close to comparable.

Real return to the competition with largely the same squad as a year ago, while Gremioof Brazil are making their debut at the event as newly crowned Copa Libertadores champions.

It was a shame, in what was an otherwise excellent display from the New Zealand side. They had 59 per cent of possession to Al Jazira's 41.


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