Al Jazira v Real Madrid 13 December 2017

Al Jazira v Real Madrid 13 December 2017

And Ronaldo was in the mood to justify his own hype with a decisive goal in Wednesday's Club World Cup semi-final against Al Jazira, hauling his side level after they had surprisingly fallen behind. A disallowed goal early in the second half looked to have given the UAE champions an unthinkable two-goal cushion, but Madrid capitalised to claw their way back in the game and ultimately prevail through goals by Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.

The woodwork came to Al Jazira's rescue once again in the 69th minute as Benzema's deflected effort from distance crashed against the upright.

Al Jazira: Ali Khaseif 9 (out of 10), Salim Rashid 6, Mohamed Ayed 7, Musallem Fayez 7, Mohamad Al Attas 6, Yaqoub Al Hosani 6, Fares Juma 6, Khalifa Mubarak 6, Mbark Boussoufa 7, Ali Mabkhout 8, Romarinho 7.

Gremio's coach Renato Portaluppi won the Intercontinental Cup (the forerunner to the Club World Cup) with the club as a player and underlined his reputation for courting controversy by recently proclaiming he was a better player than Real's Ronaldo.

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"It is a very important tournament for us", the Portuguese forward said.

Ronaldo's goal against Al-Jazira makes him the all-time leading scorer in the Club World Cup on six goals.

But it was Gareth Bale who played the part of the hero on the night.

"Just having Real Madrid here is unbelievable, but to see them play Al Jazira in the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2017 is a huge boost for the whole country", commented Mohammed Jamal, a Real Madrid fan from the UAE.

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