UAE's Al Jazira kick off Club World Cup 2017 with win

Romarinho celebrates with his teammates and fans after scoring a goal during their FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2017 first round football match. (AFP)

The Club World Cup kicked off Wednesday with Al Jazira club of Abu Dhabi defeating Oceania champion Auckland City 1-0.

Brazilian forward Romarinho scored a first-half winner for the UAE team, which qualified as the host country's league winner.

Al Jazira will play Asian champion Urawa Reds of Japan on Saturday.

The other second-round match will be between CONCACAF champion Pachuca of Mexico and African champion Wydad Casablanca of Morocco.

European champion Real Madrid and South American champion Gremio await in the semifinals.

The final will be played December 16 in Abu Dhabi.

European teams have won nine of the past 10 titles.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:51 - GMT 06:51