Real Madrid wins back-to-back Club World Cup titles

17 December, 2017, 03:26 | Author: Diane Mills
  • Zinedine Zidane

Earlier, Mexican side Pachuca beat hosts Al Jazira 4-1 in the third-place play-off.

Zinedine Zidane oversaw training on Thursday as Real continue in their quest to win successive FIFA Club World Cup crowns. The match had two goals disallowed by video review, one for each team.

Then it was time for Cristiano Ronaldo to get going.

They won La Liga, the Champions League, UEFA and Spanish Super Cup in a thrilling fashion after hitting top form in a four-month spell between April and August, but since then the European champions have faded, understandably worn out by a heavy schedule.

Romarinho's first-half goal had first stunned the European Champions in a game riddled with Video Assistant Refereeing chaos, complacent Madrid defending and wasteful finishing.

Luka Modric, the Madrid midfielder who was named man of the match in the semi-final at Zayed Sports City, echoed his manager's sense of dissatisfaction.

When asked if he planned to retire at Madrid, Ronaldo, who signed a new deal to 2021 with the club in 2016, said: "I would really like to, but things don't depend on me".

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Gremio fans hope Luan and his companion Lucas Barrios will break Real Madrid's defense.

They dozed through an Al Jazira counter-attack with Achraf, Casemiro and Varane all culpable and Romarinho cooly-slotted the ball past Keylor Navas.

MF Isco, 5 - A fine cross for Benzema's ruled out goal was the highlight of a subdued game, which showed few flashes of skill but little tangible result against a defensive brick wall.

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo scores their first goal.

"It was a very unusual first half".

'There's no such thing as an easy win in football.

In between Ronaldo's equaliser and Bale's winning goal, Benzema hit the post twice.

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