Match Report Real Madrid 4 – Al-Ain 1: World Cup Champions, Again

Match Report Real Madrid 4 – Al-Ain 1: World Cup Champions, Again


Real Madrid won their third straight FIFA Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi beating (4-1) Al-Ain in the final. Modric, Llorente, Sergio Ramos and Nader after a shot from Vinicius scored the decisive goals in an easy game against a week rival who tried and gave everything. It is the best possible end to a difficult year, in which the Champions League and the FIFA title are the two achievements to highlight.

As it was expected, Solari put the same starting eleven in final as in the semi-final with Marcos Llorente as a stopper. Again, Bale, Benzema and Lucas Vázquez occupied the attacking line. The team, again, played very poor and very relaxed, aware that their quality was much higher than their rivals.

However, the team could have more problems. In the first minute, Los Blancos could start and the hit the post after a great play by Marcos Llorente. But Al-Ain also caused some problems and Courtois was close to make a penalty and even Sergio Ramos saved a ball in the score line. But the things went in the right way when Luka Modric scored the first goal with a shot from outside the box in the first half. Los Blancos, just walking, were much better than the rival.

Real Madrid started the second half wanting to finish off the game. Actually, Gareth Bale could scored an amazing goal, like in the Champions League final in Kiev, but this time the ball went above the bar. The sentence came in the 59th minute when Llorente put a volley inside the net. It was the perfect finish for Marcos Llorente, a player who was completely forgotten and he’s been one of the best players of the tournament.

It was a final, it was an important game, so Sergio Ramos couldn’t miss his chance to score a goal. The captain scored with a header in the 80th minute and then told the supporters to shut up after being booed the whole game. Ramos always scores even if the defender already know his danger. Shiotani was able to score a great goal from a free kick. A deserved goal after the chances along the match.

However, the title was wrapped up and the goal achieved. There was even time for Vinicius, who was the protagonist in the last goal, shooting and causing the own goal of Nader. Los Blancos finish 2018 touching silverware again.