Auckland City almost certain to meet Central Coast in OFC Champions League semi

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Auckland City will almost certainly play Central Coast of the Solomon Islands in Sunday’s semi-finals of the OFC Champions League tournament.

The only way City will not play Central Coast is if Hienghène Sport or Rewa FC win by a huge margin in their final pool game on Thursday, and the Navy Blues lose badly to Nikato Sokattak.

In that unlikely scenario, Auckland City would meet AS Vènus, of Tahiti, in the last four.

This follow’s the conclusion of games in Group A at Auckland’s Ngahue Reserve on Wednesday (August 10).

Central Coast joined AS Vènus in the knockout stages by beating Papua New Guinea’s Lae City 3-2.

AS Vènus topped Group A despite losing their last pool game 1-0 to Galaxy on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Auckland City go into Thursday’s final group match knowing a semi-final berth is assured, regardless of the result.

Main photo: Auckland City put pressure on Rewa FC’s defence at a corner in their pool game.


Auckland City v Nikao Sokattak
Ngahue Reserve, 3pm

Hienghène Sport v Rewa FC
Ngahue Reserve, 12-noon


Group B

Game played Monday August 8, 2022

Auckland City 3 (Cam Howieson 26′ pen, Mario Ilich 35′, Emiliano Tade 90+4′)
Rewa 0

Nikao Sokattak 0
Hienghène Sport 1 (Fonzy Ranchain 58′)

Games played Friday August 5, 2022

Auckland City 5 (Adam Mitchell 7′, Cam Howieson 14′, Dylan Manickum 39′, Mario Ilich 49′, Liam Gillion 88′)
Hienghène Sport 0

Rewa 3 (Abbu Zahid 2’, 56’, Tevita Waranaivalu 45+3’)
Nikao Sokattak 1 (Mark Leito 78′)


Group A

Games played Thursday August 4, 2022

Central Coast 0
AS Vénus 3 (Teaouni Tehau 12’, 16’ pen, 46’)

Galaxy 2 (Own goal 28‘, Kensi Tangis 46’)
Lae City 2 (Own goal 34‘, Jonathan Allen 73’)

Games played Sunday August 7, 2022

Central Coast 3 (Jeffery Bule 37′, Junior Fordney 45′, Clifford Fafale 56′)
Galaxy 1 (Kensi Tangis 14′)

AS Vénus 1 (Kévin Barbe 80′)
Lae City 0

Games played on Wednesday August 10, 2022

Lae City 2 (Mathew David 41‘, Jonathan Allen 76’)
Central Coast 3 (Junior Fordney 12‘, Clifford Fafale 21’, 42’)

AS Vènus 0
Galaxy 1 (Bong Kako 54’)


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