Saturday, December 16, 2006

Jeonbuk finish fifth in FIFA 2006 Club World Cup

Asian Football Confederation champion club, Jeonbuk Motors of South Korea, yesterday beat the Oceania Football Confederation's mainly amateur Auckland City of New Zealand 3-0 to avoid last place in the 2006 FIFA Club World Cup tournament being played in Japan. Kim Hyeung-Bum scored a contender for goal of the tournament after teenager Lee Hyun-Seung's opener, and Ze Carlo wrapped it up with a second-half penalty. Jeonbuk were narrowly beaten in its opening game against CONCACAF's Club America of Mexico while Auckland, most of whose players have day jobs, went down 2-0 to Africa's Al Ahly of Egypt. Auckland was formed only two years ago and won this year's Oceania title mainly due to the absence of teams from Australia, which joined the Asian Football Confederation. Jeonbuk became the first East Asian team to win the AFC Champions League when they beat Al Harama of Syria over two legs last month.

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