Real Madrid beat Al Ain to win FIFA Club World Cup for a third successive year


Real Madrid beat Al Ain to win FIFA Club World Cup for a third successive year

Real Madrid beat Al Ain 4-1 in Abu Dhabi to win the FIFA Club World Cup for the third successive season and their fourth in five years.

They had reached the final after a stunning 11-minute hat-trick from Gareth Bale saw off Kashima Antlers.

Real Madrid lift the FIFA Club World Cup

The Champions League holders took the lead in the 14th minute, when Ballon d’Or winner Luka Modric fired a left-footed effort into the bottom corner.

A fine first-time strike from Marcos Llorente doubled Real Madrid’s lead in on the hour mark, after Al Ain had stood resolute in defence to keep the La Liga giants at bay.

With just over 10 minutes remaining, Sergio Ramos headed in a corner from close range, before Tsukasa Shiotani ensured Al Ain left with something to cheer about, after he superbly nodded in from a free-kick to reduce the deficit, but an own goal gifted Real a fourth.

Sergio Ramos scored a trademark header

Santiago Solari’s men will hope another trophy can boost their confidence and kick start their league form as they are only fourth in the table, five points adrift of Barcelona.