Real Madrid are champions of the world... again

Sherman Parsons
December 25, 2018

Goals from Ballon d'Or victor Luka Modric and Marcos Llorente gave Los Blancos a 2-0 lead before Ramos thundered in a trademark header, moving his scoring tally in cup finals to eight. "It's been a dream year". Ballon d'Or victor Modric struck from long range in the 14th minute after a promising start by the underdogs.

Al Ain then went on to beat African champions Esperance de Tunis 3-0 and South American champions River Plate 5-4 on penalties in the semifinals to set up the glamour showdown with Real Madrid.

Solari also praised Marco Llorente's performance in which he scored his first professional goal.

In its current format, Real Madrid have won each of the four Club World Cup finals they have played in. Al Ain's Caio put the ball in the Real net soon after but the effort was ruled out for offside, and for the rest of the first half it was one-way traffic as the Spanish giants looked to increase their advantage. Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois had to rush out to impede him from getting a great scoring chance from close range.

Solari, though, was quick to pile praise on Zidane, who surprisingly stood down in the wake of winning Madrid's third consecutive Champions League crown at the end of the 2017-18 season.

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

"Real Madrid can not be considered dead".

"The first thing is to congratulate Real Madrid because they deservedly won it, with good football", he said.

The cause of the tsunami has not been determined but the Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management said an undersea landslide linked to the eruption of nearby Anak Krakatoa was a possibility, reports Efe news. It was a record fourth triumph in the competition for Real - one more than their arch-rivals Barcelona.

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