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Sanfrecce sweep past Auckland in Club World Cup

Sanfrecce sweep past Auckland in Club World Cup

Sanfrecce eased past Auckland City in their Club World Cup opener on Thursday, beating their rivals 2-0 to progress to the quarter-finals.

Goals in either half from Yusuke Minagawa and Tsukasa Shiotani respectively ensured a straightforward win for the newly-crowned Japanese champions over the Oceania Champions League winners.

The former pounced on a rebound to put his side into the lead as early as the ninth minute, before Shiotani then finished off a perfect counter-attack as Auckland attempted to bring themselves back into the game.

TP Mazembe are the team standing in between Hajime Moriyasu’s men and a potential showdown against European Treble winners Barcelona in the semi-finals.

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