By Reuters Staff

Sailing – 36th America’s Cup – Waitemata Harbour, Auckland, New Zealand – March 16, 2021 Emirates Team New Zealand in action with Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli during Race 9 of the America’s Cup REUTERS/Simon Watts

(Reuters) – Team New Zealand beat Luna Rossa in the ninth race of the 36th Americas Cup on Tuesday, crossing 30 seconds ahead of the challengers to take a 6-3 lead in the best-of-13 match.

TNZ can seal the Americas Cup, the oldest trophy in international sport, with victory in race 10 later on Tuesday.