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Real Madrid Are World Club Champions

real-world-championsReal Madrid are FIFA Club World Cup champions after easily beating San Lorenzo 2-0 in the final in Morocco.

The Champions League winners scored on either side of the half thanks to goals from defender Sergio Ramos and winger Gareth Bale. The two wins in Morocco, means that Carlo Ancelotti’s side have won their last 22 consecutive matches in all competitive matches. An incredible record.

This was no more than a practice game for Real as San Lorenzo rarely threatened Iker Casillas’s goal.

The European champions nearly scored in the first minute when Toni Kroos won the ball in midfield before setting up Cristiano Ronaldo on the left wing. Ronaldo then crossed towards the onrushing Karim Benzema, who was unable to reach the cross.

In the fifth minute, a free-kick from Ronaldo deflected off the wall, bouncing straight into the arms of San Lorenzo goalkeeper Sebastian Torrico. Benzema tested Terrico later when his right-footed shot from 20 metres was saved in the 28th minute.

Eight minutes later, Madrid went on a counter-attack with Benzema finding an onrushing Bale whose shot was saved by Torrico for a corner kick. The breakthrough came when Kroos’s corner kick found the head of Sergio Ramos who leapt over Mario Yepes to create familiar scenes from the semi-final.

Real then took the momentum from Ramos’s goal to distance themselves from the Copa Libertadores holders. A clever pass from Isco found Bale inside the box, and the Welshman’s left-footed shot slipped beneath Torrico and into the net.

San Lorenzo threatened Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas a couple of times with Enzo Kalinski providing the most dangerous chances, however, Casillas was able to deal effectively with San Lorenzo’s efforts to assure the Spanish giants the title in Marrakech.