Real Madrid reach World Club Cup final

Dec 15, 2017, 01:30
Real Madrid reach World Club Cup final

Madrid trail Barca by eight points at the top of the Spanish La Liga and finished second to Tottenham Hotspur in their Champions League group, which proved costly as they were paired with free-spending Paris Saint-Germain in a blockbuster last 16 tie on Monday.

Real Madrid's unwanted December distraction, a trip to FIFA's World Club Cup as Champions League winners, will continue according to script despite a scare on Wednesday in the United Arab Emirates.

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Al Jazira: Ali Khaseif 9 (out of 10), Salim Rashid 6, Mohamed Ayed 7, Musallem Fayez 7, Mohamad Al Attas 6, Yaqoub Al Hosani 6, Fares Juma 6, Khalifa Mubarak 6, Mbark Boussoufa 7, Ali Mabkhout 8, Romarinho 7.

The woodwork came to Al Jazira's rescue once again in the 69th minute as Benzema's deflected effort from distance crashed against the upright. "I'm happy with how everyone played". "We are never complacent and you can never take your foot off the pedal with sport - we have to sustain the momentum. They reinforce the value of sport and engender significant national pride".

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With the strike, Ronaldo became the all-time best scorer in the Club World Cup with six goals.

The UEFA Champions League winners managed to see out the closing stages with relative ease as they booked their spot in the final and are now on course to defend the title they won a year ago.

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Cristiano Ronaldo equalised shortly afterwards and substitute Bale scored moments after his introduction with nine minutes left to set up a final clash with Brazilians Gremio on Saturday.

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