A second-half strike from Cristiano Ronaldo was sufficient at hand Real Madrid, the FIFA Club World Cup for the second successive yr.
Zinedine Zidane’s Madrid have thus change into the primary aspect to retain the cup, beating South America’s champions Gremio1-Zero win at UAE 2017.
Madrid certainly deserved the victory, having dominated the encounter with the South American champions in Abu Dhabi on Saturday night.
The recreation started with a thump, with loads of physicality on present. However, it was the title holders that discovered their rhythm quickest. Dani Carvajal and Luka Modric each had the band blue and black-clad followers within the Zayed Sports City Stadium inhaling sharply.
Though the big quantity of native assist weren’t spared some nervous moments both within the opening interval, with Edilson putting a swerving rocket of a free-kick inches over Keylor Navas’s crossbar.
Having had two-thirds of the possession earlier than the break, Real returned for the second half seeking to make it rely. It didn’t take them lengthy and it was Ronaldo, who broke the resistance.
He struck a free-kick from 25 yards straight into the online. There was an prompt inquest among the many Gremio wall, because the ball nestled within the backside nook, having seen the Portuguese’s shot pierce clear by means of it.
Ronaldo thought he had taken his report goalscoring tally within the Club World Cup from seven to eight, volleying in seven minutes later, however Karim Benzema’s superb nod down was adjudged to have been from an offside place.
Gremio failed to awaken a response, with goalkeeper Marcelo Grohe pressured into superb saves from Modric – tipping his effort onto the publish – Ronaldo, and Gareth Bale to remain inside touching distance of Los Blancos.
However, they might not forestall Zinedine Zidane guiding the Spanish aspect to successive titles, equalling Barcelona’s report tally of three.
“We wanted to win because Real Madrid have never won five trophies in one year,” mentioned Ronaldo on the finish of the match.
“I think we played a very good game and deserved to win.”
Ronaldo has now scored 15 objectives in 20 appearances for Madrid this season regardless of a gradual begin in La Liga.
“The numbers speak for themselves,” added the Portuguese. “I give my answers on the pitch. The team were phenomenal and it is another trophy for the CV.”
*Reported with assist by Fifa.com