Real Madrid Retained the FIFA Club World Cup Title
As the curtain fell down on this year’s edition of the FIFA Club World Cup, Real Madrid managed to become the first club to retain their second consecutive title in the competition’s history. Cristiano Ronaldo’s free-kick was enough for the Spanish side to see off their brave opponents Gremio. This was the first edition to be held in the United Arab Emirates, who is going to host the next year’s tournament as well. Last year, the European champion won the title by beating Kashima Antlers 4-2 after extra time. This one is their third world champion title which sees them equal to Barcelona’s record.
Road to the FIFA Club World Cup Finals
Six champions from each confederation, along with the United Arab Emirates’ title holder took participation in FIFA Club World Cup 2017. Al Jazira and Auckland City opened the tournament and home side found their way through to the quarter-finals. Then, another narrow win against Urawa Red Diamonds was enough for them to book the semi-finals clash against Real Madrid. In the other quarter-final game, Mexican side Pachuca kicked out Moroccan Wydad Casablanca after extra time. Mexicans failed to get their ticket for the FIFA Club World Cup finals after going to another extra-time match where they were defeated by Gremio. On the other hand, Al Jazira was so close to the sensational win after a 1-0 half-time lead against current title holders. However, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo prevented the biggest surprise in the competition’s history and pushed Real Madrid through the title-deciding match.
Real Madrid entered the game as favorites, but Gremio managed to resist until the end of the first half. It didn’t take them long into the second half when Cristiano Ronaldo hit a 25-yard free-kick which eventually brought them a victory. Sergio Ramos thus lifted his 18th trophy in Real Madrid’s jersey. “You never tire of winning,” said Ramos, in conversation with FIFA.com in the corridors of the Zayed Sports City Stadium. “It’s been a historic year, an amazing year, and it’s taken a lot of hard work.” Spanish side became the first team to become a back-to-back FIFA Club World Cup winner.
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