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Ronaldo breaks record as Bale fires Madrid to Club World Cup final

Ronaldo breaks record as Bale fires Madrid to Club World Cup final

Until then Madrid had lacked the same killer instinct as last season with Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema scoring a combined total of just six times in La Liga, while Gareth Bale has made just one brief appearance as a substitute since September. "It's obviously a pleasure to play it because you can only do it if you've won the Champions League".

And Ronaldo was in the mood to justify his own hype with a decisive goal in Wednesday's Club World Cup semi-final against Al Jazira, hauling his side level after they had surprisingly fallen behind. "I'm happy with how everyone played".

The Portuguese, who was recently named the world player of the year for a joint-record fifth time, became the top scorer in the history of Club World Cup by netting for the sixth time in three separate tournament appearances.

Ronaldo's goal did not only save Real from a major shock but took him past Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, as well as Rosario's Cesar Delgado who are all on five.




Real were given an almighty scare in last year's final, falling behind Japanese side Kashima Antlers before eventually winning 4-2 in extra-time with the help of a Ronaldo hat-trick and Zidane said he expected another hard final.

"Benzema? He was very good and I won't ask the club to bring in a striker", the Coach said after the game.

The match began in a dramatic style as the hosts Al Jazira managed to keep a clean slate till the 31st minute.

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