Club World Cup

Real Madrid 4 – Al Ain 1

Madrid: Courtois; Dani Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Varane, Marcelo; Modric, Marcos Llorente (Casemiro 82’), Kroos (Dani Ceballos 70’); Lucas Vázquez (Vinicius 84’), Benzema, Bale. 4-3-3.
Al Ain: Khalid Eisa; Mohamed Ahmad (Al Ahbabi 64’), Ismail Ahmed, Fayez, Shiotani; Mohammed Abdulrahman (Amer Abdulrahman 67’), Doumbia, Yaslem; Caio, Marcus Berg (Nader 75’), Elshahat. 4-3-3.

1-0. 14. Modric. Curled shot wide of Khalid after Benzema laid ball back.
2-0. 60. Marcos Llorente. First time volley after Kroos corner headed clear.
3-0. 79. Ramos. Got free of markers to head Modric corner across keeper.
3-1. 86. Shiotani. Looped angled header over Courtois from Caio free kick.
4-1. 91. Nader (own goal). Deflected wayward shot by Vinicius into own net.

Yellow cards: Sergio Ramos 45’.

Abu Dhabi, UAE. Real Madrid are world champions for the third year in a row and the fourth time in their history after beating Al Ain 4-1 in the final! The local champions were Madrid’s surprise opponents after they won through the previous rounds, and only Sergio Ramos’s foot prevented Elshahat from scoring early on. Just a minute later though Modric put the Liga side ahead with a shot from the edge of the area, and although Caio had a strike ruled out for offside, Benzema and Bale both had chances to extend the lead before the break. With an hour on the clock Marcos Llorente made it two with a first time volley after a Kroos corner was headed clear by Ahmed, and Sergio Ramos headed a third from a Modric corner with ten minutes to go. Shiotani did get one back with a header from Caio’s long free kick, but with the game in time added on Nader deflected a wayward shot from substitute Vinicius in to his own net for the final result.