Real Madrid ease past Al Ain for fourth Club World Cup title

Real Madrid ease past Al Ain for fourth Club World Cup title

Real Madrid ease past Al Ain for fourth Club World Cup title

"It will be hard to match in the future", said Solari of Zidane's previous accomplishments at Real Madrid.

And he was in buoyant mood after the game. And like I said, if I do the best for my team, the things will come.

When going forward, Real Madrid has struggled with their creativity and looked toothless at times.

It was a special year for a player who is a cornerstone of this incredible Real Madrid side.

Real Madrid enjoyed unprecedented success over the last few seasons and last night was no different. They presented good football with lots of quality.

It was a record fourth triumph in this competition for Real, with them surpassing LaLiga rivals Barcelona's tally of three wins, as boss Santiago Solari celebrated his first trophy in management.

Ballon d'Or victor Luka Modric and Marcos Llorente scored from outside the area, and Sergio Ramos added a late goal to lead the European champions to the title for a third consecutive time.

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Al-Ain started brightly and came close to taking a shock lead when Sweden worldwide striker Marcus Berg could only prod the ball into the gloves of goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

A minute later the Champions League winners were in front as Vazquez delivered the ball from the right, Karim Benzema touched it to Modric and the Croatia global curled a shot into the bottom corner from just outside the box.

Benzema went close with a blocked effort, before also firing over the bar.

But the Emiratis hung in the game and could have levelled when Rayan Yaslam Mohamad Al Jaberi could only slice a shot out of play for a throw-in.

UAE side Al Ain, who had pulled off a great run to reach the final, scored via Tsukasa Shiotani but Real were always playing in second gear.

Marcos Llorente got his first Real Madrid goal with another long-range to double Los Merengues' lead in the second half.

With Real Madrid cruising, Sergio Ramos added the third in the 79th minute, powerfully heading a Modric corner into the back of the net.

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