OFC Men’s Champions League 2012

Auckland celebrate David Mulligans goal. 2012 O-League Final, Auckland City FC v AS Tefana, Kiwitea Street Auckland, Sunday 29th April 2012. Photo: Shane Wenzlick

The 11th edition of the OFC Champions League took place in 2012 and was contested by eight clubs. The league champions of the seven highest-ranked OFC members, including the runners-up from New Zealand qualified for the tournament. It followed the same format as previous editions, with two groups of four and each team playing each other twice home-and-away, before the top team in each group progressed to the final.

Despite suffering a 0-10 loss to Waitakere United in their opening match, AS Tefana replied with a 3-0 victory over the same opposition in the reverse fixture to top Group A. Auckland City FC joined them in the final from Group B, in spite of also facing defeat to Amicale on the final matchday in a repeat of the 2011 OFC Champions League decider. The final was a hard-fought affair, with Auckland City securing the first leg advantage after a 2-1 victory at home at Kiwitea Street.

Tefana celebrate their goal. 2012 O-League Final, Auckland City FC v AS Tefana, Kiwitea Street Auckland, Sunday 29th April 2012. Photo: Shane Wenzlick

AS Tefana remained in with a chance at home, but a decisive goal from Manel Exposito stole a 1-0 victory for Auckland City at Stade Louis Ganivet and a 3-1 win on aggregate, sealing their second-successive and fourth overall OFC Champions League title. Auckland City represented OFC at the 2012 FIFA Club World Cup in Japan, but succumbed to a second half strike and fell at the first hurdle with a 0-1 defeat to host club Sanfrecce Hiroshima.

Tefana keeper Xavier Samin had a good game. 2012 O-League Final, Auckland City FC v AS Tefana, Kiwitea Street Auckland, Sunday 29th April 2012. Photo: Shane Wenzlick