FIFA Club World Cup: Cristiano Ronaldo goal helps Real Madrid retain title

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo’s free-kick goal helped Real Madrid win their third Club World Cup on Saturday.Real edged past Brazilian team Gremio 1-0 to retain the title.The five-time Ballon d’Or winner scored in the 53rd minute to socre the sole goal of the match.”(Ronaldo) is always there at the key moments,” Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said. “Nobody can do what he does.”Madrid became the first team to retain the FIFA Club World Cup title. This was also their fifth trophy of 2017, along with the Champions League, Spanish league, European Super Cup and Spanish Super Cup.??? #RealMadrid in 2017:??? LaLiga??? UEFA Champions League??? UEFA Super Cup??? Spanish Super Cup??? FIFA Club World Cup Real Madrid C.F.???? (@realmadriden) December 16, 2017Ronaldo celebrated the goal by rushing to Madrid’s dugout where he was embraced by his teammates. The goal increased Ronaldo’s record to seven goals in the competition. He also scored in Madrid’s 2-1 comeback win over Al Jazira in the semifinals.”What am I going to say? The numbers speak for themselves. I am very happy. The team played fantastically well and it has won another title,” Ronaldo said. “We played a very good game and deserved the victory.”Madrid equaled Barcelona’s record of three titles for the short knockout tournament between the champions of FIFA’s six continental confederations and the host nation’s league winner.European clubs have won 10 of the last 11 Club World Cups, with only Brazil’s Corinthians interrupting that streak in 2012 when it defeated Chelsea.advertisementZidane played the same starting 11 from last season’s Champions League final in June, when Madrid crushed Juventus 4-1 — led by Ronaldo’s double.??????????Zinedine #Zidane…??? Champions League 2016??? UEFA Super Cup 2016??? FIFA Club World Cup 2016??? LaLiga 2017??? Champions League 2017??? UEFA Super Cup 2017??? Spanish Super Cup 2017??? FIFA Club World Cup 2017 Real Madrid C.F.???? (@realmadriden) December 16, 2017The European champions outclassed Gremio throughout the match, but the closest they got to scoring in the first half was Dani Carvajal’s goal-bound volley in the 20th that was cleared by Pedro Geromel.Gremio had to scramble on several occasions to stop Madrid inside its own area. At the other end, a free-kick by Edilson for the South American champions swerved onto the top netting near the half-hour mark.Geromel had tried to set the tone early on with a hard tackle that left Ronaldo writhing in pain, and hoping for a booking that never came.Ronaldo had a poor first half. He twice erred in short passes with his back heel that failed to reach his teammates, and he squandered a good opportunity when he took too long to shoot when a loose ball fell to him close to the net.??? This team…#RMCWC | #HalaMadrid Real Madrid C.F.???? (@realmadriden) December 16, 2017All that changed after the interval. Ronaldo baited Jailson into fouling him outside the area with some fancy dribbling, setting up his winner.Ronaldo thought he had another goal moments later, but Karim Benzema was ruled offside before he passed the ball back to Ronaldo.Marcelo Grohe kept his side in the game by pushing Luka Modric’s shot onto his post and denied Ronaldo a second goal, but Gremio never mounted a serious response to get the equalizer.Mexico’s Pachuca beat Al Jazira 4-1 in the third-place match earlier Saturday.(Courtesy: AP)last_img

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