Gareth Bale's victor saves Real Madrid from humiliation against Al Jazira

17 December, 2017, 03:25 | Author: Marjorie Miles
  • Heroic Al Jazira fall just short of causing stunning upset

Real Madrid faces Brazil's Gremio on Saturday in the FIFA Club World Cup final.

Ronaldo's 53rd-minute strike gave Real their third world title in the last four seasons and ended the South American champions' hopes of pulling off what would have been a huge upset.

"There will not be easy games and for just being Real Madrid we are not going to win".

His goal against Al Jazira took his overall tally to six goals in the competition, one more than Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Cesar Delgado, who have all scored five goals at the Club World Cup.

"It's impressive", said Ronaldo, when discussing Real's trophy-haul under Zinedine Zidane.

Madrid had already seen a goal by Benzema disallowed about 10 minutes earlier, after the referee signalled a foul by Ronaldo on a defender.

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Then, after half time, Al Jazira's frenzied celebrations after they thought they had secured a shock 2-0 lead were cut short, again due to an offside decision given on VAR review.

Luka Modric came closest to breaking the deadlock in the first half with a left-footed shot from the edge of the box that flew inches wide of the far post. I said that much yesterday. We have time to prepare for the game and there are no excuses.

Al Jazira increased their tempo after half-time and eventually found the back of the net through Mbark Boussoufa in the 57th minute. "In another situation, it didn't help us".

"The balance sheet is very good because we've achieved our objective of winning and playing very good football". They cancelled a goal for us, and I saw the images back, and it was inches.

Al Jazira had taken a first-half lead through Brazilian forward Romarinho. The most important thing is to get the win and get into the final. "It is OK like this, and the best team went through".



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