Auckland City FC coach Ramon Tribulietx was bittersweet after what he considered a fine performance from his team.
"We're always playing big global tournaments away from home so we're used to impressive stadiums with big atmospheres".
"We did the same against Moghreb Tetouan in 2014 during a penalty shoot-out and it was the same. Now we would be one of the most cosmopolitan and diverse clubs in the country".
Al Jazira, Auckland City, CF Pachuca, Gremio, Real Madrid, Urawa Red Diamonds and Wydad Athletic Club will vie for the top honours. They had 59 per cent of possession to Al Jazira's 41.
Tribulietx praised the standard of the UAE league and football in the Asian region as a whole but added the Navy Blues would be no pushovers. "We've proved to ourselves we can play at this level and play good football".
Midfielder Mario Bilen put in a full training session last night but remains doubtful for selection, while replacement goalkeeper Cameron Brown is over his jetlag having raced to join the squad as a last minute replacement for Danyon Drake who dislocated his shoulder at training earlier in the week.
Auckland City have been fixtures at the Club World Cup for the best part of a decade, and have enjoyed some wonderful moments.
Auckland City were up for the contest, and looked well equipped for another fairytale run in the Club World Cup. The fact we have taken some big teams to the limit in the past says a lot about how we prepare for this competition.
In a thrilling opener, which will set the tone for the rest of the tournament, host Al Jazira will take on veteran Auckland City. While it was a beautifully hit shot by Romarinho - who has played more than 150 games for Corinthians - it was a lapse in concentration from Auckland City, who failed to track his run and left him free in a risky area.