Ronaldo breaks record as Bale fires Madrid to Club World Cup final

Jose Mourinho

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 booked their spot in the FIFA Club World Cup final after coming from behind to defeat Al Jazira 2-1 thanks to goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.

A better advert for VAR came when a second "goal" for Al Jazira was disallowed for offside.

Earlier in the year, Real Madrid became the first club to successfully defend the Champions League title with a crushing 4-1 victory over Juventus.

Henk ten Cate
Getty Henk ten Cate couldn't help having a dig at the Manchester United boss

Luka Modric, who played a vital role in the build-up, squared it to Ronaldo, who beat Khaled Al Senaani with a brilliant shot into the bottom left corner to level the scores 1:1. "The result did not go our way, but that does not matter, this was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that we will never forget", said Al Jazira fan Ahmed Hamza.

"We are immensely proud of the support the people of the UAE have given throughout the tournament", said Aref Hamed Al Awani, Tournament Director of the Local Organising Committee (LOC). We aim to also support and help nurture sporting excellence and create local sporting heroes who participate and succeed on the global stage.

When Real face Gremio on Saturday, they will want to put their recent setbacks behind and focus on ending the successful 2017 with five titles.




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