Real Madrid win record fourth Club World Cup

Real Madrid win record fourth Club World Cup

The Spanish giants, who defeated Liverpool in May's Champions League final to gain entry into the tournament, are the only team ever to win the competition four times - one more than archrivals Barcelona.

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.

Marcos Llorente was among Madrid's goalscorers in the final, the 23-year-old midfielder scoring his first goal as a professional with a half-volley from the edge of the penalty area.

Santiago Solari shared the credit for Real Madrid's record-breaking Club World Cup triumph with former head coach Zinedine Zidane.

Kroos has managed to lift the FIFA World Cup winning trophy in the last three years.

Although Al Ain reduced the deficit through Tsukasa Shiotani's header on 85 minutes, an own goal in stoppage time restored Real's three-goal advantage. Emilio Butragueno (Real Madrid's director of institutional relations) called Enzo Francescoli (River's sports director) and told him that they would like to talk to us about the player.

Then, a mistake by Marcelo left El Sahat alone to round Courtois, only for Ramos to hustle back and block his shot on the line.

"Real Madrid is the biggest club there is, but sometimes a Smart auto can beat a Mercedes", said the Croatian. Earlier, River beat Kashima Antlers 4-0 for third place.

He deserves to not have such speculation around about his job security, and with a few new signings next summer, he could really make Madrid a team that can successfully challenge on all fronts again.

"Real Madrid wants to offer condolences to the families and friends of the tsunami victims in Indonesia, and to show solidarity with all those affected", the club said in a statement.

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