Football: San Lorenzo see off Auckland City, face Real Madrid in Club World Cup final

Mauro Matos (centre) of San Lorenzo celebrates with his teammates after scoring a goal against Auckland City during their Club World Cup semi-final soccer match at Marrakech stadium on Dec 17, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Mauro Matos (centre) of San Lorenzo celebrates with his teammates after scoring a goal against Auckland City during their Club World Cup semi-final soccer match at Marrakech stadium on Dec 17, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MARRAKECH, Morocco (REUTERS) - South American champions San Lorenzo needed extra-time to see off the gallant challenge of Auckland City as they beat the New Zealand part-timers 2-1 in the Club World Cup semi-final on Wednesday.

Auckland's unlikely dream of facing European champions Real Madrid in Saturday's final in Marrakech ended when substitute Mauro Matos fired San Lorenzo's winner four minutes into extra-time.

The rank outsiders had given San Lorenzo an almighty scare when Angel Berlanga equalised in the 67th minute to cancel out Pablo Barrientos' opener for the Argentines in first-half stoppage time.

San Lorenzo will attempt to become the first Argentine side to win the tournament since it began in its current format in 2005, although they face a near-impossible task if Wednesday's poor display is anything to go by.