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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 16 December 2018

Club World Cup in UAE: Amateur football team in New Zealand on cusp of qualification

Team Wellington crush Fiji's Lautoka 6-0 in Leg 1 of Oceania Champions League final on Sunday

Cristiano Ronaldo, centre, celebrates with his Real Madrid teammates after winning the 2017 Fifa Club World Cup. Tickets for the 2018 tournament, again in the UAE, with Madrid back to defend their title, are now on sale. Karim Sahib / AFP
Cristiano Ronaldo, centre, celebrates with his Real Madrid teammates after winning the 2017 Fifa Club World Cup. Tickets for the 2018 tournament, again in the UAE, with Madrid back to defend their title, are now on sale. Karim Sahib / AFP

New Zealand amateurs Team Wellington are on the verge of qualifying for Fifa's Club World Cup, to be held in the UAE this year, after thrashing Fiji's Lautoka 6-0 in the first leg of their Oceania Champions League final on Sunday.

Substitute Jack-Henry Sinclair scored a second-half double, with Ross Allen, Andy Bevin, Mario Barcia and Taylor Schrijvers also netting at Wellington's David Farrington Park.

The teams travel to Lautoka, Fiji for the second leg at Churchill Park next Sunday.

Mexican side Guadalajara, who beat Toronto for the Concacaf Champions League title last month, have qualified.

UAE will host the December 12-22 Club World Cup, just like they did last year.