Real Madrid Star Creates History At FIFA Club World Cup

Ruben Holloway
December 25, 2018

Marco Llorente doubled their lead in the 60 minute, and Sergio Ramos' goal in the 78 minute was nothing but the nail in the coffin for Al Ain.

Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari paid tribute to the "work of Zinedine Zidane" after the European champions lifted the Fifa Club World Cup for a record fourth time.

"A dream year, really".

In a match dominated by the UEFA Champions League defending champions, current Balon d'Or victor, Luka Modric, curled home the opener on 14 minutes from just outside the area.

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Madrid's second goal was scored by Marcos Llorente, who broke a 71-game wait for his first goal as a professional footballer with a 20-yard half-volley.

It's understood the reason was the Real Madrid man's infamous first-half tangle with Mohamed Salah that saw the Liverpool man leave the Champions League final in tears in Kiev as the Reds went on to lose 3-1.

Real Madrid successfully defended their FIFA Club World Cup crown against Al Ain CF, winning by a comfortable three-goal margin at the Zayed Sport City Stadium. Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois had to rush out to impede him from getting a great scoring chance from close range. Modric put Madrid in charge a minute later when he curled an unstoppable left-footed shot around a defender and diving goalie Khalid Eisa. It was his first goal for Madrid, as he continues to impress playing for the injured Casemiro in recent weeks.

"Everyone tells me I have to shoot more, although I usually prefer to pass", Modric said to Real Madrid TV.

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Earlier, South American champions River Plate thrashed Japanese side Kashima Antlers 4-0 in the third place playoff.

Marco Asensio is honoured to be on Inter's radar but has no plans to leave Real Madrid, according to his agent.

Real could have won by more.

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Al Ain coach Zoran Mamic says his side facing Real Madrid in the FIFA Club World Cup final will be like a Smart vehicle racing against a Mercedes Formula One machine, but he thinks there is a chance their more illustrious opponents might break down.

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