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Real Madrid eye 5th trophy


Zinedine Zidane maintains Karim Benzema had a "very good" Club World Cup semi-final, despite his misses, and "won't ask" Real Madrid for another striker.

However, all was not lost for Real, who fought back through Cristiano Ronaldo.

Al Jazira then came close to being TWO goals up against the European champions.

Luka Modric, who played a vital role in the build-up, squared it to Ronaldo, who beat Khaled Al Senaani with a brilliant shot into the bottom left corner to level the scores 1:1.

"It will be a complicated game because there's no such thing as an easy game, as we proved against Al Jazira".

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"We are immensely proud of the support the people of the UAE have given throughout the tournament", said Aref Hamed Al Awani, Tournament Director of the Local Organising Committee (LOC).

Zidane's squad travelled fresh from a 5-0 win against Sevilla in La Liga at the weekend and the coach indicated that both Gareth Bale and Raphael Varane could be involved in the game, which kicks off at 9pm local time (1700 GMT) at the Zayed Sports City Stadium.

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

The UEFA Champions League winners managed to see out the closing stages with relative ease as they booked their spot in the final and are now on course to defend the title they won a year ago.

With the win Real Madrid go through to Saturday's final in which they will play Brazilian side Gremio.


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