RABAT, Morocco - CONCACAF champion Cruz Azul ousted Asian champ Western Sydney Wanderers 3-1 in extra time and joined New Zealan

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RABAT, Morocco - CONCACAF champion Cruz Azul ousted Asian champ Western Sydney Wanderers 3-1 in extra time and joined New Zealands Auckland City in the Club World Cup semifinals for the first time on Saturday. Andre Branch Jersey .Cruz Azul, on debut, will play Real Madrid on Tuesday in Rabat, and Auckland City will face Copa Libertadores champ San Lorenzo on Wednesday in Marrakech.In unrelenting rain in Rabat, Western Sydney scored first against the run of play with Iacopo La Rocca taking an opportunist shot from a poor clearance.Western Sydney midfielder Matthew Spiranovic was then sent off for a second yellow card for hand ball, and Cruz Azul laid siege for the remaining 15 minutes. It didnt pay off until the 89th, when a penalty was received and captain Gerardo Torrado levelled, forcing extra time.It became worse for Wanderers at the start of the extra period when captain and defender Nikolai Topor-Stanley was issued his second yellow. Cruz Azul pounced, with Hugo Pavone knocking a rebound into an empty net in the 108th, and Torrado converting another penalty for hand ball in the 118th.Auckland advanced to its first semifinal in its sixth attempt when it beat Algerias Es Setif 1-0.Auckland, which defeated local side Moghreb Tetouan in a penalty shootout on Wednesday to make the quarterfinals, delivered the winner early in the second half, when a corner kick landed in the box, and John Irving beat a defender and shot inside the near post. Mark Duper Jersey . PAUL, Minn. Cordrea Tankersley Jersey . -- Kevin Stadler might be playing in the Masters for the first time, but hes already showing his old man a thing or two. http://www.thedolphinsfansclub.com/Black-Jermon-Bushrod-Dolphins-Jersey.html?cat=891 . Anor had not scored since getting his first two goals of the season vs. Philadelphia on March 22 but struck with laser precision from distance in the 56th and 75th minutes. Montreal (3-10-5) lost its third straight and Impact coach Frank Klopas said it literally was a case of his players not stepping up.TORONTO -- Kyle Lowry and the Toronto Raptors made up for a sub-par road performance by continuing their mastery of the Minnnesota Timberwolves. Lowry had 24 points to lead Toronto to a 94-89 victory before an Air Canada Centre sellout crowd of 19,800, the Raptors 10th straight home win over Minnesota and 17th in 18 head-to-head meetings. More importantly, it came just two nights after a disappointing 88-83 road loss to the Boston Celtics. "It was a bounce-back game for us and we needed it," Lowry said. "We did a good job in executiing our gameplan. "They made it close but we pulled it out." The Raptors captured a season-high sixth straight home victory. The last time they did that was Jan. 17-Feb. 10, 2010 when they won eight in a row. On Friday, Toronto wore its special Canadian Forces fourth jersey -- camo green with black-- as part of Armed Forces Night to improve to 10-8 at home. Amir Johnson added 19 points for Toronto while Terrence Ross had 16 points and DeMar DeRozan scored 15 points. Kevin Martin had 18 points for Minnesota (18-21), which has lost three straight and four of its last five to drop to 7-13 on the road. Kevin Love added 16 points. A big key for Toronto was its long-range shooting. The Raptors hit on 11-of-24 attempts from beyond the arc -- Lowry was 6-of-9 alone -- while Minnesota was just 3-of-18. However, it was Martins three-pointer -- his second of the game -- that helped the pesky Timberwolves pull to within 85-83 with just over a minute remaining. But DeRozans basket gave the Raptors a 87-83 advantage. Then, after Minnesota failed to convert on offence, Lowry cemented the win with a three-pointer with 14.6 seconds remaining for a 90-83 advantage. "It was a big shot," Lowry said. "It was one of those shots where we could finally kind of relax a little bit. "Everyone is just trusting each other, everyone has confidence in each other and if you miss (a three-pointer) you know youll probably get another one." Toronto averaged 108 points and made 43 per cent of its three-pointers in sweeping a three-game homestand before heading to Boston. But the Raptors were also solid defensively against a Minnesota team that was averaging 107.1 points per game. "I thought they bounced back as a team from the other night," Toronto coach Dwane Casey said. "I think we were disappointed that we got ambushed in Boston, they attacked us. "They (Timberwolves) are a very good team, very explosive offensive team. Coach (Rick) Adelman, a lot of coaches in this league steal from him . . . Im still stealing from him. Hes an offensive mind, he doesnt get enough credit for it." Adelman, who coached Lowry for three seasons in Houston, had nothing but praise for his former player. "Hes always played at a high level but hes shootingg the ball really well," Adelman said. Michael Thomas Jersey. "A lot better than anytime from the three-point line, the floor and the free-throw line. "Thats a big difference but hes always been a solid player." As for Lowry, he said Adelman is by far his favourite NBA coach. "Nothing against coach Casey but Rick is my favourite coach because he gave me my opportunity to show my skills.," Lowry said. "He really is my favourite coach of all time." Toronto finds itself on a nice roll, having won 13 of its last 18 games. But thats of little solace to Casey. "Im not satisfied and I dont think the players are," he said. "Were not the hunted, weve got to be the hunter. "If we dont play (as) the hungry, desperate team, more nights like Boston are going to happen. I thought we played like an underdog tonight and we didnt play that way against Boston." Johnson had nine third-quarter points to help give Toronto a 69-61 advantage but it was Lowrys two three-pointers that put the Raptors ahead 67-53. They came after DeRozan converted a technical foul on Minnesotas Corey Brewer after he received his fourth personal foul. But Jose Barea hit three straight field goals before Ross countered to put Toronto ahead 69-59 late in the quarter. Bareas two free throws put the Raptors advantage to eight points heading into the fourth. Minnesota ended the second quarter on a 9-0 run to cut Torontos half-time advantage to 44-40. Nikola Pekovic anchored the late run with two field goals and a free throw en route to 11 first-half points while DeRozan and Lowry both added 10 points for the Raptors. Toronto shot 44 per cent from the field (16-of-41) and held Minnesota to 39 per cent shooting (16-of-41). But the Raptors dominated from three-point range, hitting on 5-of-12 shots while Minnesota missed on all six of its attempts beyond the arc. Toronto led 22-15 at the end of the first, hitting on 10-of-21 shots (47.6 per cent) from the field while Minnesota shot just 2-of-23 (26.1 per cent). The 15 first-quarter points was a season-low for a Raptors opponent this season. Toronto surged into a 12-2 lead with a 10-0 run early in the first before Minnesota pulled to within 17-15. But Rosss three-pointer and a field goal from Johnson late in the quarter gave the Raptors their seven-point advantage. NOTES -- Former Raptor Rudy Gay had a season-high 33 points in leading Sacramento past Minnesota on Wednesday night . . . The Timberwolves came into Fridays game with a dismal 3-15 road record against Toronto all-time . . . Torontos next game is Sunday afternoon hosting the Los Angeles Lakers. Minnesota returns home to host the Utah Jazz on Saturday night, a squad theve lost five straight games to . . . Minnesota went 0-2 against Toronto last year, with Love missing both games due to injury. 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