13 Dec 2023

Auckland City football lose 3-0 to Al-Ittihad

From Checkpoint, 5:24 pm on 13 December 2023

Auckland City's part-time footballers were no match for their wealthy Saudi opposition at the FIFA Club World Cup in Jeddah today.

The Auckland team lost 3-nil to Al-Ittihad and were knocked out of the competition - sending their players back to their jobs as teachers, salesmen, and tradies.

Whereas the Saudi team which includes a player earning more than $150 million a season move on the next round against the champions from Egypt.

We're joined by sports reporter Felicity Reid.