Jeonbuk Motors of Korea Republic signed off from the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2006 in fine style, clinching fifth place with a comfortable 3-0 win over New Zealand's Auckland City.

Tokyo's National Stadium was the venue for yet another intriguing culture clash as Auckland City pitted their combative, direct style against Motors' quick, easy-on-the-eye approach. It was the Kiwis who came out of the blocks faster thanks to their high-octane midfield pressing game, Chad Coombes teeing up Liam Mulrooney to flash a fine volley inches wide after only six minutes.

As the minutes passed, so Jeonbuk eventually found their rhythm. Kim Hyeung Bum began to work the right flank to good effect, and with Chung Jung Kwan orchestrating the midfield, the Koreans started to pierce the centre of the Auckland rearguard with some neat interplay.

It was a typically slick combination that led to the Asian side's opening goal. Kim sped down the right before playing the ball in to Lee Hyun Seung. The striker's clever dummy wrongfooted the Kiwi defence allowing Chung to play a first-time ball back into the path of his unmarked team-mate, who slipped a cool finish past the advancing Ross Nicholson (0-1, 17').

Hungry for more, Jeonbuk Motors kept up the pressure and nearly grabbed a second just minutes later when the effervescent Kim latched onto Lee's sublime pass before striking a cross-shot just past the post. The right-sided midfielder was not to be denied, and after cutting in from the right he unleashed an unstoppable drive that the hapless Nicholson could do little but watch and admire (0-2, 31').

Despite the adverse scoreline, Auckland stuck gamely to their task. Striker Grant Young provided the main threat and received some much-need support when coach Allan Jones threw on Japanese attacking midfielder Teru Iwamoto in the second half.  

Suitably bolstered going forward, the Kiwis managed to create some chances of their own, the first of them when Paul Seaman was played in by Young's through ball only to miss a virtual open goal with the keeper stranded. Iwamoto himself then tried his luck with a long-range piledriver that shaved Kwoun Sun Tae's right post.

Jeonbuk showed their opponents how it was done, however, when the irrepressible Kim forced Jonathan Perry into a rash challenge inside the box, with Ze Carlo converting the resulting spot-kick (0-3, 73').

So it was that the stylish, adventurous Koreans ended their trip to Japan on a deservedly high note and there is every reason to believe this could be the start of something big for the Asian champions. As for Auckland, for whom this task was always likely to prove difficult, only time will tell whether they can build on an ultimately disappointing Japanese experience.