VIDEO: Al Jazira edge closer to Real Madrid clash with Auckland win in Club World Cup

The 2017 competition is now under way, with the home support getting plenty to shout about on day one following a narrow victory for the UAE champions

The 2017 Club World Cup is now up and running, with Real Madrid seeking to defend a global crown they secured 12 months ago.

Zinedine Zidane’s Champions League holders will arrive in the UAE as strong favourites, with recently crowned Copa Libertadores victors Gremio likely to provide their toughest opposition.

That contest would prove a fitting final, but there are a number of fixtures to be taken in before then.

The opening contest of the competition saw home favourites Al Jazira – the UAE champions – take on OFC Champions League winners Auckland City.

A tight encounter produced just one goal, although Romarinho’s long-range effort was worthy of such a grand stage.

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You can check out the full match highlights, including that spectacular strike, in the video above.

Al-Jazira now march on to face Japanese side Urawa Red Diamonds at the quarter-final stage, with Real Madrid awaiting the winner of that encounter in the last four.

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