Navy Blues keen to show further improvement in final group game

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Auckland City aim to raise their level of performance again as they finish their pool games on Saturday at the OFC Champions League in Vanuatu.

Having won their opening two matches, the Navy Blues need a draw or better against Samoa’s Lupe Ole Soaga to ensure they top their group.

The game kicks off at 1pm on Saturday (NZT) and will be live-streamed by OFC.

UPDATE: Game called off

Shortly before kick-off, OFC announced the game would not take place due to injuries in the Lupe Ole Soaga squad.

READ MORE: Auckland City’s group game called off ‘due to opposing team’s player injuries’ >>>>

If City finish top of Pool A, they’ll meet the runners-up in Pool B in the midweek semi-final in Port Vila.

After tomorrow’s final games in Pool B, any of the four sides could wind up in second place to face the Navy Blues.

Auckland City coach Albert Riera told his club’s website he wanted his side to finish their group strongly.

“To us, it’s all about improving and improving. I think it’s one of the strengths of this team; they always know, no matter who you are playing, you always have to give your best, and we will have to do that again.”

Lupe Ole Soaga coach Vaalii Faalogo said: “We’ve always looked up to Auckland City and we know they are going to be a very difficult opponent. We go back to the drawing board and hopefully, we can put some of our learnings into practice in the game against Auckland City.”

Main photo: Auckland City’s Liam Gilliam receives treatment from physio Matt Payne during his side’s midweek win against Suva.Photo: Shane Wenzlick / Phototek.

Match preview

The following preview has been produced by Auckland City’s media team:


Games to be played on Saturday May 20, 2023

Lupe Ole Soaga v Auckland City
Luganville, 1pm (NZT)
Live stream here >>>>

Solomon Warriors v Suva FC
Luganville, 4pm (NZT)
Live stream here >>>>

Games to be played on Sunday May 21, 2023

Hekari United v AS Pirae
Port Vila, 1pm (NZT)
Live stream here >>>>

Tiga Sport v Ifira Blackbird
Port Vila, 4pm (NZT)
Live stream here >>>>

Games to be played on Wednesday May 24, 2023


Winner Group A v Runner-Up Group B
Port Vila, 12.30pm (NZT)
Live stream here >>>>

Winner Group B v Runner-Up Group A
Port Vila, 4pm (NZT)
Live stream here >>>>

Game to be played on Saturday May 27, 2023


VFF Freshwater Stadium, Port Vila, 3pm (NZT)
Live stream here >>>>

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