Real Madrid beats Al Ain to win 4th FIFA Club World Cup

Real Madrid beats Al Ain to win 4th FIFA Club World Cup

Playing at home should inspire UAE to try and topple some of the bigger nations in the AFC Asian Cup, and the Al Ain-based outfit's run into the final of the Club World Cup should act as an inspiration for the national team to make progress in the continental championship that they host from January 5.

The Spanish giants have now won a record four Club World Cup titles, pulling one clear of arch rivals Barcelona, who were in La Liga action on Saturday.

"These players deserve it".

Recently crowned Ballon d'Or victor Modric opened the scoring in the 14th minute, taking one touch before thumping the ball into the bottom corner from outside the box to break the deadlock after Al Ain had missed two early chances to take a shock lead. They're here after working very hard and winning many trophies. "I nearly never score goals, so the day that goes by I get a little bit excited, it's time to enjoy it and be happy". "It's my first for the senior team, and what could be better than in this final".

Recently-crowned Ballon d'Or victor Modric took one touch before thumping the ball into the bottom corner from outside the box to break the deadlock in the 14th minute.

Sloppiness in defence could have seen Al Ain take a shock early lead.

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Benzema went close with a blocked effort, before also firing over the bar.

Real doubled their lead, though, as 23-year-old midfielder Llorente met a looping clearance to drill home a wonderful volley from just outside the area.

"Everyone tells me I have to shoot more, although I usually prefer to pass", Modric said to Real Madrid TV.

Skipper Sergio Ramos added a 79th-minute header from Modric's cross, seven minutes before the United Arab Emirates champions registered a consolation through Tsukasa Shiotani.

Modric put Real ahead in the 14th minute after a promising start from Al Ain, and when Llorente netted with around half an hour the final was as good as done, before Ramos added to the party.

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