Raja score late to beat Auckland at Club World Cup

Raja Casablanca scored late into stoppage time to beat Auckland

City 2-1 in the opening match of the annual Club World Cup in

Morocco on Wednesday.

Abdelilah Hafidi tapped home the winner in the 2nd minute of

added time to ensure the host club a winning start at the Agadir


Raja took a 1-0 lead in the 39th through Mouhssine Iajour after

he beat goalkeeper Tamati Williams with a shot into the far


The New Zealand club rallied through Fijian Krishna, who found

himself alone to beat keeper Khalid Askri after Mohamed Oulhaj and

Ismail Benlamalem ran into each other.

Raja set up a quarterfinal match Sunday with Mexican club

Monterrey after Williams saved Oulhaj’s header, only for it to fall

to the foot of Hafidi.

Formerly known as the Intercontinental Cup, the Club World Cup

is being played in Africa for the first time.

European champion Bayern Munich and South America’s Copa

Libertadores victor Atletico Mineiro enter from the semifinals,

starting on Tuesday.

Corinthians beat Chelsea 1-0 to lift the title last year.