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Club World Cup

Real Madrid 2 – San Lorenzo de Almagro 0

Madrid: Casillas; Carvajal (Arbeloa 72’), Sergio Ramos (Varane 89‘), Pepe, Marcelo (Coentrao 44’); Isco, Kroos, James; Bale, Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo. 4-3-3.
San Lorenzo: Torrico; Buffarini, Yepes (Cetto 60’), Kannemann, Mas; Mercier, Ortigoza; Verón (Romagnoli 56’), Kalinski, Barrientos; Cauteruccio (Matos 68’). 4-2-3-1.

1-0. 37. Sergio Ramos. Got above defence to head Kroos free kick past Torrico.
2-0. 51. Bale. Picked up Isco through ball and forced shot under body of keeper.

Real Madrid are World Champions after they beat Argentina’s San Lorenzo 2-0 in the World Club Cup final in Marrakesh! Once again Sergio Ramos was the hero of the night, the Spanish international defender shrugging off an injury and heading in another Kroos corner to open the scoring shortly before the break, a goal which won him the “player of the tournament” award. Before that Ancelotti’s side had been on top in a physical game, Ronaldo seeing a couple of free kicks deflected away by the defensive wall, and Benzema and Bale coming up against Torrico. Ronaldo felt he should have had a penalty when his shot hit Kannemann on the arm shortly before the interval, but some six minutes after the restart Gareth Bale added a second, shooting low under the keeper after picking up Isco’s pass. Benzema went close a couple of times after that, and Casillas wasn’t called upon until the last ten minutes, when he had to save long efforts from Kalinski and Mercier. A new trophy for Madrid, but their fourth title of the year, and after a record run of 22 consecutive victories they will be looking to add to their successes in the new year.