Al Jazira: Ali Khaseif (Al Senaani 51‘); Alattas, Fayez, Ayed, Jumaa, Rashid; Alhosani (Rabia 72‘), Khalifa (Eissa Mohamed 60‘), Boussoufa; Romarinho, Ali Mabkhout. 5-3-2.
Madrid: Keylor Navas; Dani Carvajal, Varane, Nacho, Marcelo; Modric, Casemiro, Kovacic (Lucas Vázquez 68‘), Isco (Marco Asensio 68’); Benzema (Bale 81’), Ronaldo. 4-4-2.
1-0. 41. Romarinho. Picked up Boussoufa pass and beat Navas with angled shot.
1-1. 54. Ronaldo. Controlled Modric pass and fired shot on turn across Ali Khaseif.
1-2. 82. Bale. Stabbed shot wide of Al Senaani after Vázquez laid ball across area.
Yellow cards: Ayed 68’.
Real Madrid are through to the Club World Cup Final once again after they beat Al Jazira 1-2 in the semi-final in Abu Dhabi. Zidane’s side found themselves behind though when Romarinho beat Keylor Navas shortly before the break, and the local team could have had a second right after the break had Boussoufa not strayed offside in the last second. Otherwise however Madrid were well on top, Casemiro having a goal ruled out by the VAR system and keeper Ali Khaseif making a string of saves before going off injured, and some ten minutes in to the second half Modric put Ronaldo through to level the scores. It was not until ten minutes from the end though that substitute Bale got the winner with his first touch of the ball to take the defending champions through to a meeting with Gremio on Saturday.