Auckland City power past Team Wellington in Oceania Champions League final

An "extra little bit of motivation" was all Auckland City FC needed to book their sixth straight trip to the Fifa Club World Cup.

That and the near perfect execution of a possession-based style coach Ramon Tribulietx has been imploring his team to master.

Upset by Team Wellington in the ASB Premiership national championship final last month, Auckland got revenge for that result with a clinical 3-0 victory in the Oceania Champions League final at North Harbour Stadium on Saturday.

In what was also a rematch of last year's Oceania title decider they won on penalties, the defending champions were in command for almost the entire match and probably should have won by more.

It was Auckland's eighth Oceania club title, securing their berth in Japan this December alongside the five other confederation champions, a top club of reigning world champions Germany and a team from the host nation.

"It feels good, coming from losing a final against them in a competition we dominated," Tribulietx said as his team celebrated with the silverware.

"We had that extra little bit of motivation ... it is great to be in this position again. The players were fantastic today.

"We spoke about [the ASB final] a little bit, but not too much because you don't want to be too wound up. If we had won that one maybe our motivation would have been different."

While it was a slick team display from Auckland, diminutive but elusive Solomon Islands international Micah Lea'alafa was undoubtedly the star of the show.

Lea'alafa scored two goals, played a key role in the third and was a constant menace down the right flank.

He needed little more than 60 seconds to get his side off to the perfect start, skipping past three defenders and firing a low shot which Wellington goalkeeper Scott Basalaj got a hand to but could not stop.

It set the tone for a dominant first-half performance and Auckland went desperately close to taking more than a 1-0 lead into the break.

Young midfielder Clayton Lewis' curling left-foot shot from distance shaved the outside of the left post in the 35th minute and a few moments later a Moreira shot thundered off the crossbar, Lea'alafa providing the precise low cross.

Wellington were able to somewhat stall the Auckland juggernaut in the opening stages of the second spell, even managing a rare shot on goal, but 22 minutes into the second spell the resistance was broken as Lea'alafa again broke down the right and found an unmarked Lewis to slot home.

With the game opening up as the visitors pushed numbers forward in hope of late goals, it was Lea'alafa who deservedly put the result beyond doubt, swooping on Moreira's fluffed bicycle kick and thumping low into the far corner of the net.

For Tribulietx it was not only the margin, but the manner of victory which was most satisfying.

"I'm not sure about the possession stats, but we had so much ball and this is what we have been aiming to achieve," he said.

"Today we proved it in a final, which is the most difficult thing to do. You can see the whole team are beginning to believe in what we are trying to do.

"This is the way I see the game and today we played nearly a perfect game in that respect."

Auckland City 3 (Micah Lea'alafa 2, 84 Clayton Lewis 67) Team Wellington 0. HT: 1-0

 - Sunday Star Times