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.