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Gareth Bale’s CWC rescue act the first step to Real Madrid rehabilitation

Gareth Bale’s winner sent Real Madrid on their way to the Club World Cup final. Gareth Bale’s winner sent Real Madrid on their way to the Club World Cup final. Gareth Bale’s winner sent Real Madrid on their way to the Club World Cup final. Gareth Bale found himself in the new position of much needed saviour on Wednesday night, after the often criticised Galactico saved Real Madrid from humiliation in their Club World Cup semifinal against Al Jazira. A more entertaining than expected game at Abu Dhabi’s Zayed Sports City Stadium saw Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema miss chance after chance, before the locals took a shock lead through Brazilian forward Romarinho just before half-time. Even after Ronaldo made it 1-1 after the break, Benzema twice hit the post from c...

Real Madrid ‘suffered’ vs. Al-Jazira due to wasted chances – Luka Modric

Real Madrid survived a scare against Al Jazira to reach their third Club World Cup final in the past four years. Gareth Bale’s late goal completed the comeback as Real Madrid advanced to the Club World Cup final. Cristiano Ronaldo’s leveler for Real Madrid against Al-Jazira puts him atop the Club World Cup goalscoring charts. Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric says his team’s inability to convert their chances was the reason why they “suffered” in Wednesday’s 2-1 Club World Cup semifinal victory against Al-Jazira in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. Madrid dominated possession against Al-Jazira, but Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema missed a host of chances before the Dubai-based club took the lead when Romarinho took advantage of some poor defending. Even after...

Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid side controlled without dominating – Alonso

Real Madrid survived a scare against Al Jazira to reach their third Club World Cup final in the past four years. Gareth Bale’s late goal completed the comeback as Real Madrid advanced to the Club World Cup final. Cristiano Ronaldo’s leveler for Real Madrid against Al-Jazira puts him atop the Club World Cup goalscoring charts. Ex-Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso has explained how Jose Mourinho’s teams can be “in control” of games without dominating possession. Alonso was a key member of Mourinho’s Madrid side from 2010 to 2013, a period in which they at first struggled against Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona, but eventually beat them to the La Liga title. Mourinho’s favoured attritional style of play has not always impressed fans or neutrals, and ...

Zinedine Zidane unable to explain Real Madrid struggles in front of goal

Gareth Bale’s late goal completed the comeback as Real Madrid advance to the Club World Cup final. Cristiano Ronaldo’s leveler for Real Madrid against Al-Jazira puts him atop the Club World Cup goalscoring charts. Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane hailed his side’s patience and refused to criticise his misfiring forwards after they struggled past Al Jazira 2-1 in Wednesday’s Club World Cup semifinal in Abu Dhabi. The opening 40 minutes saw Madrid take 17 shots, and have two goals disallowed, before Dubai-based Al Jazira took the lead. Even after Cristiano Ronaldo’s equaliser early in the second half Zidane’s side struggled to convert the chances which kept coming their way, with Karim Benzema twice hitting the woodwork from close range, before fit-again ...

Al-Jazira coach: Maybe Mourinho can lend us buses

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Cristiano Ronaldo delighted as Real Madrid set to field ‘BBC’ vs. Al Ahly

Cristiano Ronaldo scored this acrobatic header in Real Madrid’s training session ahead of their Club World Cup semifinal tie against Al Jazira. Lionel Messi tied Gerd Muller for most goals for one club in the top five European leagues with his 525th in Barca’s 2-0 win over 10-man Villarreal. Cristiano Ronaldo has said he is pleased that Real Madrid’s “BBC” strikeforce could be back together in Wednesday’s Club World Cup semifinal. Gareth Bale, who has played only 30 minutes since late September because of muscle problems, is set to feature against Al Jazira in Abu Dhabi, with Karim Benzema also available again. The “BBC” last started in April’s Clasico against Barcelona, and Ronaldo told beIN SPORTS: “I like for there to be a full...

WATCH: Real Madrid opponent pokes fun at Mourinho

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Zinedine Zidane: Real Madrid fully focused on Club World Cup

Cristiano Ronaldo scored this acrobatic header in Real Madrid’s training session ahead of their Club World Cup semifinal tie against Al Jazira. Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said his side would not underestimate Club World Cup semifinal opponents Al Jazira when the sides meet in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. Al Jazira have defeated New Zealand’s Auckland City and Urawa Red Diamonds of Japan to reach the last four. And after Kashima Antlers reached last year’s final and almost shocked Madrid, Zidane said his players would heed that warning. Speaking at his prematch news conference, he said: “We know there are no easy games. “This is a semifinal against an opponent everyone is saying will be easy to overcome, but if we thought that we would be making a mistake. We...

Real Madrid to reimburse fans for Club World Cup match tickets

Cristiano Ronaldo scored this acrobatic header in Real Madrid’s training session ahead of their Club World Cup semifinal tie against Al Jazira. With Real Madrid and PSG set for an intriguing last 16 clash in the UCL, Craig Burley examines what both sides need to do to advance. With Real Madrid and PSG set for an intriguing last 16 clash in the UCL, Craig Burley examines what both sides need to do to advance. Real Madrid have said they will reimburse ticket costs for club members and fans who travel to Abu Dhabi for the Club World Cup. The Champions League holders, who arrived in the United Arab Emirates on Sunday, are preparing for Wednesday’s Club World Cup semifinal against hosts Al Jazira. A club statement read: “Real Madrid wants to thank the support of its members an...

WATCH: Ronaldo’s diving header in Club World Cup training

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Real Madrid’s UCL showdown with PSG will make or break Zidane’s season

Julien Laurens is in disbelief Unai Emery is downplaying PSG drawing Real Madrid for the Champions League last 16. Monday’s Champions League draw threw up the worst possible scenario for Real Madrid as Zinedine Zidane’s defending champions were drawn against Paris Saint-Germain. The side narratives to the tie run deeper than pitting the nouveau riche Ligue 1 club against the European establishment in the form of the 12-times winners. It could prove to be a very uncomfortable 180 minutes for the Madrid hierarchy, who courted Kylian Mbappe last summer in a deal scuppered when PSG pulled off a financial fair play-pending loan deal that even Real president Florentino Perez would have begrudgingly admired, and who also missed out on Neymar in 2013 despite repeated attempts to lure h...