Real Madrid Win Third Straight Club World Cup Title


Real Madrid cruised to a third straight Club World Cup title with a 4-1 victory over home team Al Ain in the final on Saturday.
The 13-time European champions had little trouble in brushing aside Al Ain, whose surprise run to the final included a shock last-four win over River Plate.
The Spanish giants have now won a record four Club World Cup titles, pulling one clear of arch rivals Barcelona.
Madrid coach Santiago Solari named a strong side including Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Gareth Bale, and it was ballon d’Or winner Modric who shot them ahead in the 14th-minute before Marcos Llorente doubled their lead with a fantastic volley on the hour mark.
Sergio Ramos netted a late third with a trademark header and Yahia Nader put through his own net in injury time to wrap the victory after Tsukasa Shiotani’s consolation for the home side.
“These players deserve it. They’re here after working very hard and winning many trophies,”said Solari.

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