Madrid rallies to beat Al Jazira, enter Club World Cup final


Cristiano Ronaldo is eyeing a "BBC" reunion with Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale at the Club World Cup.

"What am I going to say?"

Ronaldo has smashed Real's club records since joining from Manchester United in 2009 and is way out in front as Madrid's all-time top scorer with 434 goals in 414 appearances. The numbers speak for themselves. I am very happy. "We played a very good game and deserved the victory". In the first half, their ball possession was 74 percent.

Zidane played the same starting 11 from last season's Champions League final in June, when Madrid crushed Juventus 4-1 - led by Ronaldo's double.

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Gremio had to scramble on several occasions to stop Madrid inside its own area. Ronaldo baited Jailson into fouling him outside the area with some fancy dribbling, setting up his victor.

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Real went a goal down Al-Jazira before rallying through Ronaldo's equaliser and Gareth Bale's late victor.

In total Madrid had 18 shots on goal in the first half, but were shocked four minutes before the break when the hosts caught the Real defense cold on the counter-attack.

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The European champions, enjoying the backing of most neutrals at the Zayed Sports City Stadium, dominated the final as expected but Gremio's much more limited team still made their lives uncomfortable.

Cristiano Ronaldo's free kick was enough to seal a 1-0 win for the Spanish side, who had squeezed past Al Jazira 2-1 in the semis.

It is a record-equalling third Club World Cup win for Real, who also triumphed in 2014, matching Barcelona's achievement.

Madrid had already seen a goal by Benzema disallowed about 10 minutes earlier, after the referee signalled a foul by Ronaldo on a defender.

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