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Real Madrid rout Al-Ain to win record 4th Club World Cup title

IANS  |  Abu Dhabi 

Real clobbered Emirati side Al-Ain 4-1 to clinch a record fourth title.

The host club, which qualified by virtue of winning the most recent title, were no match for the heavily favoured holders at the City Stadium here on Saturday, reports

Al-Ain came out boldly and nearly took the lead in the early going when an amateurish clearance by Brazilian defender gave a golden chance to score.

The Egyptian made a couple of cutbacks, including outmaneuvering Real net minder Thibaut Courtois, but his shot was saved at the goal line by

Shortly afterward, 2018 Ballon d'Or winner opened the scoring for Real in the 14th minute on a curving left-footed blast from outside the area that gave Al-Ain net minder no chance.

Real Madrid then had numerous additional opportunities to score over the remainder of the first half, but a shot by grazed the woodwork and sent a close-range shot over the crossbar.

It was just a matter of time though for the Blancos' superiority to be reflected on the scoreboard.

At the one-hour mark, doubled Real Madrid's lead when he rifled a volley on a corner-kick play just inside the left upright, while Ramos extended the club's advantage to 3-0 with a header off a corner kick in the 78th minute that tipped off Eisa's right hand and into the back of the net.

Japanese defender pulled one back for Al-Ain on a header off a free kick in the 86th minute, but Real Madrid stretched their lead back to three in second-time when a shot by late substitute Vinicius Junior entered the goal after ricocheting off defender

Gareth Bale, who had a hat trick in a 3-1 semi-final victory over the Kashima Antlers (the Asian champions) and came close to scoring on a couple of occasions in the championship match, was selected as the most valuable of this year's

Llorente was named the top of Saturday's final.

--IANS

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First Published: Sun, December 23 2018. 13:40 IST
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