Bale’s hat-trick fires Madrid into Club World Cup final

Ruben Holloway
December 20, 2018

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale has joined an elite group of record-holders, including the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, after his goal-scoring exploits in Real Madrid's Club World Cup clashagainst AFC Champions League winners Kashima Antlers.

Real Madrid have reached the final of the FIFA Club World Cup courtesy of a 3-1 victory over Kashima Antlers on Wednesday evening.

Solari withdrew the Welshman soon and although Shoma Doi pulled one back for Kashima in the 78th minute, Madrid cruised into Saturday's clash with Al Ain at the Zayed Sports City Stadium.

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Striker Serginho went close with a left-footed shot that Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois pushed wide.

Vazquez missed the opportunity to make it four after being in the position to lob Suntae, but his final delivery lacked the desired power. We just had to be professional and get the victory and get to the final.

The Wales global was asked on Spanish TV station Teledeporte after the final whistle if the hat trick was an answer to those who said he must take more responsibility at Madrid this season.

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"I have played a lot of my career on the left, on the right, up front", he said.

Solari was asked about the speculation linking Mourinho to his jobm but the Argentine was noncommittal in his response. But the ultimate responsibility is always down to the player. "He has done great things for Real Madrid".

"Today everything was ideal for him; but he can achieve this because he was committed before".

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"I hope it is not a serious problem with him because it is very that important all the players are fit", Solari said. "Zizou has shown he can do a great job in a short time, and I believe that he would do well at any team in the world". We are going to start preparations tomorrow. "Then we scored and with the second goal we could manage the game".

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