22 Apr 2013

Waitakere beat Auckland in O-League

6:09 am on 22 April 2013

The New Zealand football champions Waitakere United have put themselves in a strong position to make the semi-finals of the Oceania Champions League after earning a crucial 1-0 away win over crosstown rivals Auckland City on Sunday afternoon.

Waitakere have now leapfrogged Auckland into first place in Group B and, with just one match against winless Mont-Dore remaining, have an excellent chance of topping the pool.

City are also still in the running, with the top two sides from each group progressing to the semi-finals - but they have a tough trip to Tahiti looming to play a Dragon side that has lost only once and beat them 3-1 on home soil in the previous round.

Auckland are likely to need to win that match as Dragon are heavily favoured to heap more misery on struggling New Caledonians Mont-Dore in this round's final fixture on Tuesday.