Real Madrid beats Al Ain to win 4th FIFA Club World Cup

Real Madrid beats Al Ain to win 4th FIFA Club World Cup

Real Madrid beats Al Ain to win 4th FIFA Club World Cup

Good things apparently always come in threes at Santiago Bernabeu as Ballon d'Or 2018 victor Luka Modric inspired Real Madrid to their third straight Club World Cup championship with a 4-1 win over Adbu Dhabi minnows Al Ain.

Los Blancos made a good start to the first half, which culminated in the opening goal 15 minutes as Luka Modric was afforded time and space to curl home a fine strike.

Real Madrid's home-grown midfielder Marcos Llorente doubled the European champions lead on the hour mark with a superbly-struck volley from outside the area.

Santiago Solari's men have become the first team in competition history to win the tournament four times and celebrated wildly at the final whistle at the Zayed Sports City Stadium.

Al Ain's route to the final was more eventful, with wins over Oceania champion Team Wellington in the first stage, Africa champion Esperance of Tunis in the second stage and South American champion River Plate in the final.

Thanks to Gareth Bale's hat trick, Real Madrid beat Kashima Antlers 3-1 Wednesday to move on to the final.

Shortly after a deflected pass by Llorente hit the post in the third minute, Al Ain put a scare into Madrid with two chances from Hussein El Shahat.

Shiotani then reduced the deficit as he nodded in from a free-kick, only for Real to go 4-1 up in added time when substitute Vinicius Junior's effort was inadvertently diverted in by fellow substitute Nader.

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