Real Madrid win Club World Cup


Real Madrid have enjoyed their most successful year in 2017, winning five trophies

Real Madrid became the first team to win back-to-back Club World Cup titles as Cristiano Ronaldo’s second-half free-kick beat Brazilian side Gremio.

Zinedine Zidane’s side dominated from the start but found chances difficult against well-organised opposition.

But Ronaldo got the breakthrough with a well-struck effort from 25 yards.

It is a record-equalling third Club World Cup win for Real, who also triumphed in 2014, matching Barcelona’s achievement.

Real have now won five trophies in 2017 – the Champions League, La Liga, Uefa Super Cup, Spanish Super Cup and now the Club World Cup.

It takes their overall total under Zidane to eight since the former France international’s appointment in January 2016.

Ronaldo rises to the occasion again

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his seventh Club World Cup goal

For long periods of this game in Abu Dhabi, it looked like Gremio would frustrate Real Madrid and perhaps even pinch a victory as the Spanish giants became increasingly frustrated in their attempts to break down a disciplined defence.

Real dominated possession in the first half but only one of their 10 chances before the break was on target.

They switched to attempting to find joy from long distance but efforts by Luka Modric, Ronaldo and Karim Benzema were all wayward.

However, eight minutes into the second half Real were awarded a free-kick 25 yards from goal when Ronaldo was tripped and the Portugal international picked himself up to curl the ball through a gap in the wall and into the net.

It was Ronaldo’s fourth goal in three Club World Cup finals and extended his impressive record of scoring in significant finals for Real Madrid, having also hit three goals in three Champions League finals and two goals in two Copa del Rey finals.



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