Defending Champions of the FIFA World Club Championshp, Real Madrid have booked a place for the final after beating Al Jazira 2-1. The match was played at the Zayed Sports Stadium in Abu Dabi, UAE.
The Blancos had to come from behind before they could win the second semi- final of the tournament. Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale got the goals for the European Champions.
Al Jazira got the first goal after 41 minutes of play through Brazilian star Romarinho . This came after a lack of understanding between Achraf and Casemiro, beat Keylor before the passivity of Varane, who stared at him because Raphael was a calamity all afternoon . 1-0.There was a little drama as two goals were disallowed by the referee after consulting the Video Assistant Referee (VAR); Al Jazira’s second goal and Casimero’s equalizer were not accepted.
Madrid took a corner, Al Jazira cleared as he could, Achraf, again, made a mess with Kovacic, Romarinho extended the play and gave it to Boussoufa , who finished off at will. He scored and seemed like a goal, but he was out of the game by centimeters. The VAR said it, this time friend. Madrid could not fall lower. Cristiano’s equalizer, after a good shot, came five minutes after Khaseif’s injury, as if Al Jazira had lost his genius from the lamp.
Karim Benzema was adjudged offside by the VAR after Casimero has equalized for the Whites.
Ronaldo’s goal scored in the 53rd minute was not only an important equalizer but also a record 6th goal for the Portuguese in the Championship.
Gareth Bale who was a second half substitute and scored to also mark his return from a long lay off as a result of injury. Bale scored in the 81st minute to ensure Madrid gets a chance to defend their trophy.
Madrid will meet Gremio of Brazil in the finals on Saturday. Gremio, who are Champions from South America piped Mexico’s Pachuca 1-0 in the semi final one played on Tuesday.