Real Madrid are champions of the world... again

Real Madrid are champions of the world... again

The opposition could not mastermind another upset as two long-range strikes from Ballon d'Or victor Luka Modric and Marcos Llorente - his maiden goal - set Real up for the comfortable win.

The Liverpool striker sustained an injury after a challenge from Sergio Ramos and was unable to continue the match as his side went on to lose against Real Madrid.

Goals from Marcos Llorente (60th minute) and Sergio Ramos (79th) gave the LaLiga giants 3-0 lead as the game reached the homestretch before Al-Ain's Tsukasa Shiotani netted their consolatory goal in the 86th minute.

The trip to the final of the Club World Cup is an achievement on its own for Al Ain, but the way they battled against top teams is certainly noteworthy.

Midfielder Toni Kroos has won five of the past six Club World Cups - in 2013 with Bayern Munich and 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018 with the Spanish side.

As he is arguably UAE's number one keeper, UAE will rely on Essa's steady hands and his impressive showing in the FIFA Club World Cup should put most worries at ease.

Real Madrid boss Santiago Solari said his side's three consecutive Club World Cup titles will be hard to repeat after Saturday's 4-1 final victory over hosts Al Ain in Abu Dhabi. "What I'm saying is that we deserve to breathe a bit, we have earned this title with a lot of merits and we must enjoy it", said the Argentine. The upset comes as a shock to River Plate, who were favored to win after taking home the Copa Libertadores crown less than two weeks prior. However, they did so against Al Ain who usually hurt if they are given time to settle on the ball.

And the young girl was not alone, a local Real Madrid fan's banner was a simple plea to both Ronaldo and ex-manager Zinedine Zidane to return back to the Santiago Bernabeu.

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