Al Jazira got the FIFA Club World Cup underway with a 4-1 win over Tahitian side Pirae in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.
Hosts Al Jazira, who qualified by virtue of winning the UAE Pro League in 2020/2021, were unsurprisingly a cut above their opponents, racing into a 3-0 lead by half-time.
Pirae —- nominated for participation by Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) —- did get on the scoresheet early in the second half thanks to an own goal.
But Al Jazira finished them off just past the hour through the well-travelled Abdoulay Diaby.
Al Jazira will face Saudi Arabia’s Asian champions Al Hilal in the second round.
The winners of that contest shall play European champions Chelsea in the second semi-final on Wednesday.