Auckland City will be feeling a lot more confident about their chances of claiming a seventh consecutive Oceania Champions League title after seeing off Team Wellington 3-0 in the first leg of the final today.

Joao Moreira opened the scoring after a one-on-one with Wellington goalkeeper Scott Basalaj left Moreira on the ground and Basalaj with a yellow card and facing a penalty. The Portuguese striker was lucky his terrible spot kick wasn't saved, instead riccocheting in under the diving keeper's left arm.

Nine minutes later, Moreira controlled a high ball in front of goal and connected perfectly to place a shot in the bottom right corner.

Wellington lifted in the second half and enjoyed more possession but Auckland City goalkeeper Enaut Zubikarai was quick to get a hand to multiple attempts from Joel Stevens, Andy Bevin and Ben Harris.

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Combinations between Clayton Lewis, Moreira and Darren White kept Basalaj busy throughout the second half. Moreira again stepped up to the penalty spot in the 78th minute, this time after a foul from Guillermo Moretti, but another poor penalty halted his hat-trick hopes.

Auckland's third goal was a full team effort. Quick passes between Lewis, Moreira and Fabrizio Tavano had the Wellington backline trumped, and a tap through the defence to a charging Ryan De Vries left Basalaj with a one-on-one in the six-yard box. De Vries effortlessly placed his shot in the back of the net to make it 3-0 and give Auckland a hefty advantage going into the second leg.