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Club World Cup

Cruz Azul 0 – Real Madrid 4

Cruz Azul: Corona; Flores, Maza, Cata Domínguez, Pinto; Bernardello, Torrado; Joao Rojas (Valadez 76‘), Formica, Chaco Giménez (Fabián 65’), Pavone (Barrera 65’). 4-2-3-1.
Madrid: Casillas; Carvajal, Sergio Ramos (Varane 64‘), Pepe, Marcelo; Illarramendi, Kroos (Khedira 73’), Isco (Jesé 76’); Bale, Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo. 4-3-3.

0-1. 14. Sergio Ramos. Got above defence to head Kroos free kick past Corona.
0-2. 36. Benzema. Poked shot past keeper after connecting with Carvajal cross.
0-3. 50. Bale. Ran in to head Cristiano Ronaldo centre past keeper from close up.
0-4. 72. Isco. Picked up Ronaldo pass and cut past three defenders to score.

Real Madrid marched on through to the final of the Club World Cup after a comfortable 0-4 win over Cruz Azul, a result which extended their record run of consecutive victories to 21. Ronaldo and Benzema went close before Sergio Ramos headed in a Kroos free kick to start things off, and Benzema got on the end of Carvajal’s cross to make it two with ten minutes to go to the break. Casillas had to save a Torrado penalty soon afterwards though after Ramos pushed over Pavone in the area, but Bale headed a third from Ronaldo’s cross soon after the restart. A few minutes later Ronaldo delighted the crowd with a “cow tail” shot at goal which Corona kept out, and substitute Barrera hit the woodwork for the Mexicans at the other end. Isco rounded things off though later on, picking up another Ronaldo assist and ghosting past three or four defenders before shooting past the keeper, and it could have been more after that, Khedira heading against the post and Corona saving from another Ronaldo free kick near the end.